Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (12/26/22)
The Absolute Best of 2022!
The WWE looks back on this wild year!
As this year draws to a close, Raw looks back on the matches, moments and history that was made! It’s the Absolute Best of WWE, 2022!
- From SummerSlam 7/30/22 – Undisputed WWE Universal Championship Last Man Standing: Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman VS Brock Lesnar; Roman wins and retains the titles.
- From WrestleMania 38 4/2/22 – No Holds Barred: Kevin Owens VS Stone Cold Steve Austin; Austin wins.
- From WrestleMania 38 4/3/22 – Anything Goes: Sami Zayn VS Johnny Knoxville; Knoxville wins.
- From SmackDown 11/11/22 – Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships: The Usos VS The New Day; The Usos win and retain the titles.
- From WrestleMania 38 4/2/22 – Raw Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch VS Bianca Belair; Bianca wins and becomes the new Raw Women’s Champion.
- From Clash at the Castle 9/3/22 – WWE Intercontinental Championship: GUNTHER w/ Imperium VS Sheamus w/ The Brawling Brutes; Gunther wins and retains the title.
- From Extreme Rules 10/8/22 – Good Ol’ Fashioned Donnybrook: The Brawling Brutes VS Imperium; The Brawling Brutes win.
- From Extreme Rules 10/8/22 – Strap Match: Drew McIntyre VS Karrion Kross w/ Scarlett Bordeaux; Kross wins.
- From Crown Jewel 11/5/22 – Steel Cage Match: Drew McIntyre VS Karrion Kross w/ Scarlett Bordeaux; McIntyre wins.
- From Hell in a Cell 6/5/22 – Hell in a Cell Match: Cody Rhodes VS Seth Rollins; Cody wins.
- From Money in the Bank 7/2/22 – Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Becky Lynch VS Asuka VS Alexa Bliss VS Liv Morgan VS Lacey Evans VS Raquel Rodriguez VS Shotzi Blackheart; Liv wins and is Ms. MITB 2022.
- From Money in the Bank 7/2/22 – SmackDown Women’s Championship Cash-In: Ronda Rousey VS Liv Morgan; Liv wins and is the new SmackDown Women’s Champion.
- From Extreme Rules 10/8/22 – SmackDown Women’s Championship Extreme Rules Match: Liv Morgan VS Ronda Rousey; Rousey wins and is the new SmackDown Women’s Champion.
- From Monday Night Raw 12/12/22 – WWE United States Championship #1 Contender’s Match: Seth Rollins VS Bobby Lashley; Rollins wins and will challenge Austin Theory for the title.
- From Crown Jewel 11/5/22 – Undisputed WWE Universal Championship: Roman Reigns VS Logan Paul; Roman wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
The Street Profits are ready!
But uh, where are they? Montez Ford was told the show was here tonight, but this doesn’t look like gorilla. Angelo Dawkins says this has to be it. Where the TV magic happens. OMG TV magic? Yeah! Everything that happened this year lives right here. But there’s nothing! Wait, Dawkins has an idea on how to do this. He focuses his mind, and blam! Footage of them with the fans! That’s amazing! Wait wait wait wait wait! If you just think it, it’ll pop up? As long as you keep it PG. Ford always keeps it pretty good.
So all of 2022, right here, at their fingertips? Where to even begin? OH! Ford suggests “one of the biggest returns of all time!” Cody Rhodes returning in front of 70 THOUSAND at WrestleMania! Dawkins suggests Ronda Rousey winning this year’s Royal Rumble. And who could forget Stone Cold Steve Austin having his first match in 19 YEARS?! Stone Cold walking around, drinking those Steveweisers, and flipping… Oh, uh, oops. PG, Ford! Or they’ll get kicked out! Right, sorry, Ford couldn’t contain the excitement. Like when Brock Lesnar did some “rearranging” to ringside at SummerSlam. That wasn’t Ucey.
But y’know who was Ucey? Logan Paul when he took Roman Reigns to the limit at Crown Jewel. And even Bray Wyatt is back! White rabbits, Bad Bunny, Jackass, Hell and War and a Fight Pit! WWE crossed the pawn, broke records, crowned champions, and saw comebacks, redemptions and betrayals! And even the Undertaker, DX, Lita, Goldberg, Kurt Angle, John Cena, and and and and- WHOA! Chill, fam! We’ve got THREE HOURS to fill. We’ll get to it all. Right, right. In that case, let’s not wait one second longer. Why’s that? Because this is Raw, The Absolute Best of 2022! The Profits are up, and #WeWantTheSmoke!
Raw shifts to the WWE Control Center!
Jackie Redmon is joined by “The Voice of Raw,” Corey Graves on this trip down memory lane. And not gonna lie, Profits got them fired up. Just like Ford & Dawkins promised, the WWE brings the smoke reliving this big year. There will be guests like Drew McIntyre, Bianca Belair, Cody Rhodes and more. But biggest of all was when Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns did battle over the top titles in the WWE, with the exclamation point being their Last Man Standing Match at SummerSlam for THE Undisputed WWE Universal Championship. And the Beast wasn’t unprepared.
Undisputed WWE Universal Championship Last Man Standing: Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman VS Brock Lesnar!
After seven YEARS, this rivalry finally has its conclusion. The Tribal Chief thought he had put The Beast away at WrestleMania 38 when he became the reigning, defending, Undisputed WWE Universal Champion. But Lesnar came back again, promising to give Roman the country ass kicking he deserves. Will Lesnar end this last chapter as the Last Man Standing? Or will everyone, even Lesnar, have to acknowledge Roman Reigns?
Roman of course has The Wise Man, Paul Heyman, and his cousins, The Usos, so that all three undisputed champions of WWE can stand together with the belts and the pyro. But only the Special Counsel goes with Roman to the ring, holding the blue belt as a banner for The Bloodline. Then Roman holds up the belts for the second round of pyro. Heyman hands over a mic, and Roman says, “Nashville… SummerSlam! ACKNOWLEDGE ME!” Nashville is torn but there are plenty of fans cheering. Then Lesnar makes his entrance and everyone fires up! And that’s also because Lesnar gets his flannel on and rides a big tractor to the ring!
Lesnar parks the tractor at ringside, with the front loader raised! Lesnar climbs the loader to get in the ring! Roman wants that tractor out of here, but it’s not exactly stopping them from doing anything, right? The introductions are finally made, with Lesnar introducing himself as “a big ass country boy, weighing 285 pounds, coming here tonight to kick Roman Reigns’ ass, and the Last Man Standing! Ladies and gentlemen, BRRROCK! LESNARR!” Surprisingly, Heyman doesn’t take over Roman’s intro. The black ‘n’ blue belts are raised, and then Lesnar LEAPS from the loader to CLOBBER Roman!! Lesnar rains down fists and the bell rings!
Roman pushes Lesnar away, but Lesnar clotheslines Roman out of the ring! Lesnar then pursues, and he OVERHEAD Belly2Belly Suplexes! And so it begins! Lesnar brings Roman around to RAM into steel steps, stalks him around the way, and he moves steps aside to drag Roman up, for another OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! That’s two and Roman is down! The count starts but Roman pushes himself up at 5 of 10. Lesnar stalks Roman again, and CLOBBERS him against barriers! Lesnar then hauls ROman up to SLAM on the barriers, and Roman flops into the crowd. Lesnar grins as the count starts and he pursues Roman through the crowd.
Lesnar brings Roman over to one of the canopy supports, to snap suplex Roman onto it! Roman is down, the count begins again, but he stirs at 5 of 10. Lesnar hops up to join Roman as he stands, and Lesnar fireman’s carries! Roman claws Lesnar’s face to get free, then he POSTS Lesnar with the truss! Roman checks his back, then storms up on Lesnar. Roman reels Lesnar in, but Lesnar RAMS Roman into the truss! Then Lesnar TOSSES Roman onto a cameraman! Roman is down and the count starts again. Roman flounders at 4 of 10 so Lesnar storms up on him. Lesnar DUMPS Roman over the barriers and back to ringside.
Lesnar stumbles getting over the barriers, but he GERMAN SUPLEXES Roman to the floor! That’s about four suplexes total, Music City is definitely Suplex City. Roman is down while Lesnar looks under the ring. Fans fire up as a TABLE is brought out! Roman stands at 6 of 10 but Lesnar stands the table up. Lesnar makes sure it is sturdy, and Heyman creeps up on him? Lesnar glares at Heyman and Heyman begs for mercy! Lesnar leaves Heyman alone, he has to get Roman first. Roman fireman’s carries to SAMOAN DROP Lesnar through the table! The Wise Man tricks Lesnar again! Roman gets up while Lesnar stirs.
The count is 8 of 10 but Lesnar stands up. Roman grabs the top half of the steel steps, and he RAMS Lesnar down, onto the wreckage of the table! Lesnar is down again, Roman brings out a new table! Roman stands that table up while Lesnar manages to stand at about 5 of 10. Roman drags Lesnar over, t URENAGE through the table! The count starts again but Lesnar sits up at 5. Lesnar stands at 7, but Roman is right there to put Lesnar in the ring. Roman locks ‘n’ loads, takes aim from the corner, SUPERMAN PUNCH! Lesnar staggers but only drops to a knee! Roman reloads, runs back in, SUPERMAN PUNCH!
Lesnar drops but is right back up! Roman fires up, “OOAH~!” SPEAR!! But Roman can’t cover, he has to let the count start! The count reaches 5 while Lesnar is down, but Lesnar does sit up at 7! Lesnar powers his way up at 8, and Roman can’t believe it! Roman “OOAH~” and runs in, but into a fireman’s carry! But Roman slips off, shoves, and runs in, only for Lesnar to toss Roman out! Roman almost hits table wreckage on the way down! The count is on both men but Roman rolls out at 5 to stand. Roman is still down at 7 but stands at 8. Lesnar storms over after Roman, brings him around, and SPINEBUSTERS Roman on what’s left of a table!!
Another standing count as Lesnar staggers away, and Roman is still down at 5. Lesnar moves the tractor?! The loader is lowered, Roman manages to stand at 8 of 10. Lesnar comes back for Roman and RAMS him with steel steps! Payback from a moment ago and Roman staggers around the way. Lesnar grabs whatever is left of another table, to SMACK Roman with it! Roman goes down! The count climbs and Lesnar smiles. Fans fire up as the count is 7, but Roman sits up! Roman pushes up off the steel at 9! Lesnar sighs, but he drags Roman around the way and to the tractor. Lesnar puts Roman in the loader! And then gets the tractor to raise it!!
Roman is high above the ground, and Lesnar lifts him over the ring! Lesnar DUMPS Roman out of the loader!! Roman crashes down on the mat from about eight feet up! The count starts, but Roman sits up at 5. Roman stands at 7, so Lesnar hurries back into the ring. “This is Awesome!” as Lesnar GERMAN SUPLEXES Roman! Roman flounders, Roman GERMAN SUPLEXES again! Roman flounders again but Lesnar is right on him! GERMAN SUPLEX! Lesnar is starting to tire himself out with these, but Roman is the one down on the mat! The count is 5 of 10, then 8! Roman manages to stand at 9!
Lesnar is right after Roman with a fireman’s carry! F5!! But again, it is up to the ten count! Lesnar waits in a corner as he watches Roman down at 5. Roman’s down at 8, but he slowly sits up. Roman flounders up at 9.9!! Lesnar is beside himself, but Roman is leaning against ropes. Fireman’s carry, F- GUILLOTINE!! Roman has Lesnar caught!! No ropebreaks to stop this, but wait! Lesnar powers out to GUILLOTINE Roman right back!! Now Roman is the one having to worry about no ropebreaks! Heyman is worrying for Roman, too! The ref is checking Roman, he is out, but Lesnar has to let the count start!
Lesnar lets Roman go, the count begins, and Lesnar watches like a hawk. The count is 5, then 7, then 9! Roman stands at 9.99999!!! Lesnar thinks that was it, but somehow Roman is conscious! Lesnar goes right back to the tractor, backs it up, lowers the loader, and MOVES THE RING?!?! And TIPS IT?!?! Roman tumbles right out!!! This is the first time anyone anywhere can say they’ve seen anything like this!! The count starts, fans are losing their minds, and Roman drags himself up the barriers to stand at 8! But Lesnar is right there, and he clears off the annoucne desk! But THE USOS attack!!
Lesnar OVERHEAD Belly2Belly Suplexes Jimmy, then does the same to Jey! The Usos have rough landings, but Heyman tells Lesnar to stop! Twenty YEARS, Heyman has had it with this! Heyman gives Lesnar the belt and says he is the winner! Just leave the Tribal Chief alone! NOPE! Lesnar gets Heyman up, for an F5 THROUGH THE DESK!! But Roman SPEARS Lesnar!!! Everyone is down but the referee, and he counts! The count is 5! Then 7! Then 8! But both monsters stand at 9!! Roman flops right back down, Lesnar flounders, and HERE COMES THEORY!!! Nashville is booing and freaking out at the same time!
Theory and a ref of his own are here, MITB contract in hand! And Theory CLOBBERS Roman with the briefcase!! But Lesnar gets Theory with an F5 on the briefcase!! Lesnar is standing, Jimmy & Jey DOUBLE SUPERKICK!! The count starts again, Roman is standing against the tipped over ring! Lesnar flounders but we’re at 5 of 10! Roman counts along, we’re at 7! EIGHT! NINE!! Lesnar stands at 9.9999999, but into a SPEAR onto the belts!! Lesnar is down again, the count restarts! Lesnar is up at 9 again?!?!? Roman is furious! He SMACKS Theory for what he tried to pull, then he BASHES Lesnar with the briefcase again and again!
Roman is just windmilling the case! “COUNT HIS ASS NOW!” Lesnar is down as the ref counts again. We reach 5, and then 7. Lesnar is conscious, but he’s still down! Lesnar staggers up at 9 again?!?! Is he truly a beast?! BELT SHOT from Roman!! Cole wishes the ref would count faster! Lesnar is still down at 6 of 10, but he sputters alive at 7! Roman is beside himself as Lesnar gets up again!!! What does Roman have to do!?! Roman has the other belt, he shouts, “You ain’t ever coming back! YOU ain’t welcome here!” BELT SHOT!! And then the Usos help Roman bury Lesnar alive under wreckage! Roman STANDS on the pile, Lesnar can’t get up! ROMAN WINS!
Winner: Roman Reigns (still Undisputed WWE Universal Champion)
Of course this is how it ends! Roman used Heyman, the Usos, everything at ringside, and even Theory distracting Lesnar with his cash-in attempt to finish off the Alpha Male of Our Species! Will the Tribal Chief ever lose these titles with such a stacked deck? Will Lesnar ever return to the WWE after this?
Our hosts respond to that moment.
Corey Graves doesn’t’ think anything will ever, ever top Lesnar using a tractor to tip the ring while Roman was still in it. Definitely unforgettable. Lesnar didn’t leave champion, but he is still hit a significant milestone. He, Randy Orton and Rey Mysterio all reached 20 years in the WWE! As did John Cena, who teams with Kevin Owens this Friday to go against Roman Reigns and Sami Zayn! Speaking of, that was a big moment earlier this year as fans celebrated Cena’s WWE anniversary on June 27th. #ThankYouCena.
The Absolute Best of returns!
And one of the biggest returns this year was a rather stunning one at WrestleMania 38.
It’s a WrestleMania edition of The KO Show!
Kevin Owens goes to the ring, ready to host this Texas sized episode of his talk show. Fans already chant for “Austin! Austin!” but Kevin gets the mic to say, “Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the WrestleMania main event edition of the Kevin! Owens! SHOW!” Now, as we all just saw in a recap package, Kevin has said rotten things about Texas and Stone Cold. One of those is that if North America were a human body, Texas would be the ass! “What?” The ass. “What?” C’mon, guys, that was clever. But he does realize that he went too far. He started thinking that maybe he should apologize. “What?”
Maybe he should apologize, so here we go. He sincerely apologizes to every Texan out there. Kevin is sorry. He is, he is sorry for telling the absolute God’s honest truth! He’s only been here a couple days and it is worse than he remembers. Now, Kevin feels like the fans are eagerly anticipating his guest. Fans cheer because yes they are. Well Kevin will bring his guest out when he wants to and he’s not done telling us how much Kevin despises this guy! This is the absolute worst role model in the history of the WWE! Kevin should know, he used to look up to him! Kevin will look this guy in the eye and tell him how much he sucks!
Kevin says that guy won’t do a damn thing, either! He’ll sit there and take it! Because this guy knows that if he doesn’t show Kevin the respect he deserves and commands, Kevin will hit a Stunner and pour out a beer on his stupid bald head. But the glass shatters, here comes STONE COLD! STONE COLD! STONE COLD! Fans go nuts seeing Austin as he walks around on stage. Kevin sits in his chair, not at all into the hype. Austin points at Kevin, then starts down the ramp. Austin takes a moment to soak it all in, then he goes back up the ramp? Austin goes backstage, and Kevin laughs, thinking he was right all along.
But nope! Austin returns on an ATV! Fans fire up as Austin drives on down to ringside! And then around ringside! Austin parks and gets in the ring, kicking one of Kevin’s posters aside to get up on the corner. Fans cheer seeing this again after so long. Austin gets the other KO poster out of the ring, so that he can complete the set of all four corners! Kevin says no no, no more music! Fans boo but Kevin says this ain’t Austin’s show, this is KO’s show! Kevin tells the fans not to encourage Austin on Kevin’s show. But fans are thunderous for “AUSTIN! AUSTIN!” Kevin tells Austin to take a seat, and fans boo.
Austin stares Kevin square in the face, and Kevin says let’s just all come down. Kevin wasn’t here to fight, just to chat. They both sit down, and Kevin welcomes Austin to the show and thanks him for accepting the invitation. Austin says Kevin wants to bring him out here just for a conversation? After all the trash about Stone Cold, with that stupid haircut, stupid beady eyes, and looking like a jackass. “What?” A jackass! Then Kevin runs down Texas, ya stupid son of a BITCH! Fans are thunderous for that one! Kevin says he isn’t sure what’s so great about Texas. Like, let’s think about it. In the summer, it is hotter than hell. It is flat and uninspiring.
And the people! The people wear stupid hats, stupid boots, stupid belt buckles, c’mon! Look out there and you can just tell who is Texan from how dumb they look! But it’s fine! Just take the hats off, the boots off, and move somewhere else! Kevin feels for Austin. If he grew up here, he would’ve moved to Mexico. It’s right there! Austin says in five seconds, 77 thousand plus are gonna be calling Kevin an “Asshole.” Oh, too late. Kevin doesn’t want them to be like this. Don’t be the stereotypical rude, crass Texans. Be a distinguished French Canadian like Kevin. Kevin will therefore move past these insults as the bigger man.
That’s because Kevin has a secret. Kevin invited Austin for a talk, but he lied. It was. Kevin doesn’t lie often but he does it for good reason. He didn’t really need Austin to come out here to get people talking about the KO Show. This was a trick. Kevin doesn’t wanna talk. Even though Kevin has a bad back right now, he wants to fight. Fans fire up for the fact Kevin wants a match! Kevin knows it has been 19 YEARS since Austin’s last match, his knees were shot, his back was shot, his neck was shot. They can’t be any better. But other than that, Austin’s fine, right? So he has no reason to back down.
In fact, this won’t be just any match! It’ll be No Holds Barred, right here and right now! Fans love the sound of that, too! Austin goes to get up but Kevin says Austin must be speechless. And he knows why. Kevin can see it in Austin’s eyes. Austin is looking at Kevin and thinking, “I can’t beat this guy.” Austin is thinking, he can’t beat the big, beautiful French Canadian bastard, Kevin Owens! And y’know what? That’s right. So why not just do a favor and stop embarrassing everyone. Get on your cart and get your ass back to your stupid ranch! Fans boo and Austin mulls that one over. Fans of course want “One More Match!” but what does Austin say?
Austin scowls at Kevin, and he hears the fans firing up louder for the chance at a match. Austin says, “I had my first match right here in Dallas, Texas. I could have my last match right here in Dallas, Texas. If you want Stone Cold Steve Austin to compete in a match tonight against this sack o’ sh*t, gimme a hell yeah.” “HELL YEAH!” Austin didn’t hear that. Give him a hell yeah. “HELL YEAH!” Then bring out a damn ref! Fans fire up, the mics are put aside, is this really happening?! A ref is here, the chairs are moved out of the ring, it’s happening!!
No Holds Barred: Kevin Owens VS Stone Cold Steve Austin!
The bell rings and fans are going nuts as these two stare down! Austin and Kevin step up to each other, talk a little bit of smack, then the hands start flying! They go back and forth, fans are loving this, and Austin gets the edge! Austin fires off in the corner, and he doesn’t have to let up! But here comes the mudhole! Fans count it out, Austin goes all the way PAST 10 to about 20! Austin gets Kevin up, whips him corner to corner, and Kevin tumbles up and drops to the mat! Austin gets himself some Steveweisers already!? He cracks them open, then stomps Kevin again! The fans count again, that’s another 10, then another 20!
Fans are thunderous as Austin drags Kevin back up. Austin whips Kevin up and out of the ring hard! Kevin almost lands on his posters! Austin gets more Steveweisers, chugs it down and stalks Kevin. Austin gets Kevin up and whips, but Kevin reverses and Austin hits barriers! But he comes back to LARIAT Kevin! Austin drags Kevin up, and he brings Kevin to the barriers for SNAKE EYES! The front row gets to see Austin digging into Kevin’s eyes! Austin brings Kevin around, fans chant “You Still Got It!” Austin fires hands on Kevin against barriers, but Kevin POSTS Austin! Kevin then hurries to get his poster stand as a weapon!
Kevin JABS Austin with the tripod then SLAMS it down on him! Kevin rains down fists, fans boo, but Kevin talks smack like Austin would. Kevin goes looking under the ring, he stomps Austin, then stands Austin up to ROCK him with a right. Kevin brings out a TABLE! Kevin puts that table against the barriers, then ROCKS Austin again. Austin staggers around the way, Kevin brings him back, whips, but Austin reverses! Kevin CRASHES through the table!! Austin drags Kevin up out of the wreckage, to TOSS him over the barriers! Now they go brawling through the crowd! Fans fire up getting closer to the action!
Kevin hits back, Austin ROCKS Kevin again, and they go further back. Austin ROCKS Kevin more, CHOPS him, then CHOPS again! Fans fire up and Austin brings Kevin back towards ringside. But first, he wants to suplex! Kevin blocks, and he suplexes Austin to the floor! Kevin roars and fans boo, but Austin is getting up. Kevin CLUBS Austin with crossface forearms and stomps. Kevin headlocks and punches but Austin hits back! They’re brawling fast and furious again and fans are loving this! Kevin KNEES Austin low then stomps him down! Kevin brings Austin back to ringside and tosses him over the barriers.
Kevin climbs up the barrier, but Austin TOSSES him onto the desk! The desk doesn’t break but Austin gets himself more Steveweisers. Austin cracks those open, and climbs up onto the desk to join Kevin. Fans fire up as Austin chugs! He tosses those away, then rains down fists on Kevin! Fans count and Austin goes all the way to 10! Then double dirty bird and fists for good measure! A few more beers, and Austin SPITS some on Kevin! Austin puts Kevin in the ring, and now Kevin wants mercy! Austin drags Kevin up on the apron, Kevin HOTSHOTS Austin down! Kevin shakes out the cobwebs and looks around.
Kevin sees Austin’s ATV, and he gets on! Kevin isn’t sure how to start it up, but Austin goes after him! Austin gets on with Kevin, and they’re gonna go for a ride! Up the ramp they go! Austin drags Kevin off to ROCK him with rights! Kevin staggers and they go towards the left edge! Austin knees low, then suplexes Kevin onto the stage! Austin kicks Kevin around, SMACKS him off the ATV, and then they go to the right side! Kevin throws body shots! Austin pokes Kevin in the eyes! Austin gives Kevin a suplex to this part of the stage! Kevin writhes but Austin still keeps on him and fans still rally behind him.
Austin soaks it all in as he drags Kevin back up. Austin brings Kevin back around, throws more hands, and they go back down the ramp. Austin BOWLS Kevin down the ramp! Austin DECKS Kevin and keeps him rolling! And then stomps him down! Austin ROCKS Kevin, puts him in the ring, and fans are still loving this as Austin gets himself more Steveweisers. Austin gets back in the ring, he cracks these two open, takes a long chug of one, then the other. Austin gets Kevin up, KEVIN STUNNERS AUSTIN!?! Cover, TWO!! Austin survives and Kevin is furious! Kevin scowls, goes out of the ring, and he grabs a chair!
Kevin brings that chair back to the ring, aims at Austin, but Austin dodges! Chair hits rope, then chair hits Kevin! Kevin staggers about, STUNNER from Austin!! Cover, Austin wins!
Winner: Stone Cold Steve Austin, by pinfall
After 19 years away, the Texas Rattlesnake is victorious once more! And now he has Steveweisers to celebrate! All of Dallas celebrates with him, and Austin is just chucking empty cans wherever! Austin even gives some to the VIP section! Kevin manages to get up, Austin gives him a STUNNER! Kevin needs help getting out of the ring, Austin waves him good-bye. Austin cracks open more Steveweisers, then gets the mic. “It’s good to be back here in Dallas, Texas, and that’s the bottom line, cuz Stone Cold said so!” Austin even cheers with the referee who called the match!
Byron Saxton is invited into the ring, too, and Austin shares the beer with him. They drink up, and STUNNER for Saxton!! #DTA, Don’t Trust Anybody! Was this perhaps the most STUPENDOUS #OneLastMatch in WWE history?
WrestleMania 39 Goes Hollywood!
The biggest event in entertainment, at SoFi Stadium, April 1st and 2nd, that’s no joke! Talk about a blockbuster in 2023! Championship clashes, surprise returns, iconic showdowns, all of them WrestleMania Moments! And sometimes, you just got to let loose and embrace your inner Jackass.
Anything Goes: Sami Zayn VS Johnny Knoxville!
This all started because the “Elder Statesman” of SmackDown insulted the Jackass leading man, and then things got #InZayn. Sami is definitely a jackass in his own right, but will he have the last laugh? Or will Knoxville pull off the most exciting stunt of his career and win at WrestleMania?
The bell rings and Sami runs to HELLUVA KICK Knoxville right away! Sami is smiling ear to ear then he stomps away on Knoxville. Knoxville falls out of the ring, Sami goes out after him and brings him up to taunt the rest of the Jackass cast. Sami TOSSES Knoxville into barriers but the fans boo. Sami pie faces one and the others start swinging! Sami dares Dark Shark to do something, but he turns around into a FIRE EXTINGUISHER BLAST! Knoxville just cooled Sami off, and then he brings out a trash can full of goodies! Knoxville puts those in the ring, then gets a stop sign! He puts that in but Sami kicks low!
Sami headlock punches Knoxville then puts him in the ring. Sami gets the trash can, dumps it out, and picks up the classic cookie sheet. Sami blows it off so it’s clean, to SMACK Knoxville on the back with it! The sheet is dented, so Sami puts that aside to get the crutch. Sami plays around with the crutch and SMACKS Knoxville on the back! Now the crutch is bent! Sami gets the trash can itself, and he runs corner to corner, to CHUCK it into Knoxville! Sami covers, TWO! Sami is annoyed but he goes back out to look under the ring. Sami finds a wash bin and a bowling ball bag? And then a TABLE!
Fans fire up for the table and Sami slides it into the ring. But then Sami gets snapped by something? He looks under the ring, and it’s a bunch of mouse traps! Sami brings out a table covered in mouse traps! This must be Knoxville’s contraption. Sami likes how crazy Knoxville is, and he gets that thing set up. Sami gets in, to get TRASH CAN LID CYMBALS! And again! And again! Knoxville tosses those to get the stop sign! SMACK to Sami’s back! Sami writhes, Knoxville sets up the normal table in a corner. Knoxville drags Sami up, reels him in, but Sami knees the suplex away! Sami gets around to EXPLODER Knoxville through the table!
Sami drags Knoxville from the wreckage and covers, TWO! Knoxville is still in this and Sami is further annoyed. Sami stalks Knoxville, and Knoxville has a bloody cut on his forehead. Sami says Knoxville is in Sami’s world now! Sami has Knoxville in the corner, runs corner to corner, into an AIRHORN BLAST! Sami staggers, but he comes back to kick Knoxville down! But wait, Party Boy Pontius is in the ring!? Time to party~! Pontius pushes Sami and dances around, then rips off the shirt, and the pants! Classic! Sami is more disturbed than hurt, and he CLOBBERS Pontius! Sami stomps away and fans boo him ruining the party!
Sami drags Pontius up to toss him out! But Knoxville rolls Sami up! TWO!! Sami DECKS Knoxville, glares at Pontius then goes out. Sami stomps “Naked Boy” under the ring! Sami then goes looking, but he gets BOPPED by WEEMAN! Weeman fires off furious fists on Sami! Sami hurries away but Weeman chases him into the ring! Then SHIN KICK! Sami hobbles, Weeman scoops him!? And SLAMS him!! Fans are all fired up as Knoxville reels Sami in, TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO!?! Sami survives and no one can believe it! Weeman hurries to fetch another contraption from under the ring. It’s a ASS KICKING MACHINE!?
Knoxville drags Sami over, Sami fights back, but Weeman has the machine armed. Sami BOOTS Weeman down before he can fire! Fans boo, but Sami stomps away on Weeman! Weeman flops out of the ring, but Sami drags Knoxville around to rain down fists! Fans tell Sami what they think of him but Sami shrugs it off to go up top. Sami grins, but Knoxville has a remote? e sets off pyro and it spooks Sami! Sami drops, and Knoxville gets the BOWLING BALL! STRIKE to Sami’s boys! Then the Ass Kicking Machine is a GROIN KICKING MACHINE! Sami clutches whatever’s left down there, and Knoxville gets… a STUN GUN!
Knoxville tests them and they’re working! Sami freaks out and scrambles! Knoxville stalks Sami, but Sami turns around into GIANT HAND! Sami gets SMACKED off his feet, but he hurries into the ring! Knoxville hurries in but Sami stomps him down! “This is Awesome!” as Sami manages to snap suplex Knoxville! Sami snarls and goes to the apron. Sami is wary of the corner, but it seems safe now. Sami goes up top, but Knoxville TONGS THE GROIN! And then TOSSES Sami onto the mouse trap table!! Sami crashes down and fans lose their minds! Knoxville calls for help, so Dark Shark, Pontius and the whole crew get the WORLD’S LARGEST MOUSE TRAP out!
Weeman and Pontius puts Sami in the ring and Knoxville stalks behind him. Knoxville has the stun gun, and he ZAPS Sami! Sami is on the trap, Knoxville hurries to trigger it! Uh oh, technical malfunction. Knoxville unhooks the thing by hand, SNAP! Cover, the trap traps Sami, Knoxville wins!!
Winner: Johnny Knoxville, by pinfall
The Jackass cast celebrates with Knoxville! They may be the movie stars, but Sami is the one who is a jackass forever! How will Sami ever live this down?
Sami Zayn responds.
“W-Why… Why would you show that?” Of all the things from Sami’s 2022, they go with that?! WWE management assured him that that moment specifically would NOT be used! And yet, here we are. But Sami isn’t mad. Just disappointed. But it’s fine! It’s the holidays, and up ahead, we’ll be seeing the best of 2022, and you can’t do that without talking about The Bloodline. Sami promises we will relive ALL the moments Roman Reigns and the family had this year. Up next is specifically The Usos VS The New Day, on the road to Jimmy & Jey becoming Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions. And not to give anything away, but… It was very Ucey.
The Absolute Best of returns again!
Corey says one of the beauties of being ringside is that you witness history in the making, that you see the best to ever do it. And when it comes to tag team wrestling, the facts back Corey up. There are no two better tag teams in the WWE today than The Usos and The New Day. Jackie is jealous, Corey really does have the best seat in the house. Cathy Kelley caught up with the NXT Tag Team Champions, Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods.
Cathy learns from Woods how to swivel those hips. They are the W, W, E, N, X, T, World, Tag, Team, CHAMPIONS~! They take their seats, Kofi says they came here and it was the time, and yet Cathy won’t gyrate with ya bois! Cathy thanks them for coming and congratulates them on their win over Pretty Deadly at NXT Deadline. Woods thanks Cathy for that, and commends Kit & Elton on being very talented. It was a hard fought battle, and NXT is full of incredible talent. That is why The New Day went there. The titles are prestigious, the New Day never had them before, so they had to get their hands on them.
Then how does it feel becoming Triple Crown Winners? Amazing! Kofi says there are a lot of goals you accomplish that you don’t necessarily even set. As a kid, you talk about this title, that title, but being a Triple Crown Winner, what even is that? It didn’t exist before now. It is only a small handful of people in that class, and for the New Day to join it is special. Cathy says the New Day have cemented their legacy, but let’s talk about the evolution of that trio. Woods says he had the thought that he, Kofi and Big E should join together as a unit. E was done, but they were nervous about asking Kofi. Kofi was down from the start, and there was chemistry from day one.
The New Day all believe that you need chemistry and energy to be a real team so that fan scan feel it. Spekaing of, the Usos are a great team, the New Day has had a great rivalry. What is it that brings out the best in each of them? Kofi feels the Usos and the New Day just go hand in hand. The evolution of a team. We saw the Usos start with the traditional Samoan style, the paint and dance. And now, while having loyalty to their heritage, they’re in their own skin and are just natural out there.
When Kofi is asked what The New Day is, it’s hard to describe. They come out, shake hips, eat pancakes, have a cereal and bright colors. If you weren’t with them on the journey, you won’t understand. Even those who have been on the journey still don’t quite understand, but the New Day found their way. The Usos found their way. And all throughout that, they crossed paths. It’s a sibling rivalry, each wanting to do better, and that all gives the fans a great rivalry. Cathy says the fans are sure on their toes. Thanks again for joining them, and now we go to their last match with the Usos in a battle over the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships.
Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships: The Usos VS The New Day!
Jimmy & Jey are still on top after getting past The Brawling Brutes at Crown Jewel. And at 481 days, they are just a Veterans Day weekend away from being THE longest reigning tag team in WWE history! Roman Reigns, Paul Heyman & Solo Sikoa watch backstage, will they be made proud by the Usos? Or will Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods preserve their record and start a new chapter as W, W, E, World, Tag, Team, Champions~?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see who are truly “The Ones!”
The teams sort out and fans chant “UCEY! UCEY!” as Jey starts against Woods. The bell rings, fans fire up, and Jey steps to Woods. Fans chant, “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” as Woods and Jey circle. They tie up, Jey headlocks, but Woods powers out. Jey runs Woods over hard and then holds up the finger. Woods stands up and scowls, and he shoves Jey. Then Woods gets a leg, trips Jey, rolls him and headlocks for a takeover. Woods makes it a cover, ONE! Another, ONE! Jey fights up but Woods grinds the headlock. Jey powers out but Woods runs him over! Cover, ONE! Woods clamps onto Jey’s arm and then tags in Kofi.
Woods feeds Jey to Kofi’s shoulder, then Woods rolls Jey for Kofi to CROSSBODY! Cover, ONE! Kofi facelocks but Jey powers him back. Jimmy tags in, the Usos mug Kofi, and Jimmy HEADBUTTS! Jimmy CHOPS Kofi against ropes, then he hits a headlock takeover. Kofi fights up, powers out, and things speed up. Kofi hurdles, hurdles and ELBOWS Jimmy down! Cover, TWO! Kofi stomps Jimmy into the corner, stomps away, then tags in Woods. Woods stomps, and the stampede is starting! Kofi tags in to stomp away, then Woods tags back in. Kofi whips Woods in to basement dropkick! Jimmy bails out, Jey runs in but is sent ou!
Woods tags to Kofi and KNEES Jey off the apron! Kofi goes up top to SUPER TRUST FALL! Direct hit on the Usos and Indianapolis fires up while SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and Kofi fires off hands on Jimmy! Jimmy shoves Kofi away, elbows him away, and Jey tags in! Kofi whips Jimmy, Jimmy reverses but Kofi dodges, only for Jey to dump him out! Woods hurries over but Jimmy drags Kofi up to RAM into barriers! Jey DIVES onto Kofi! Fans are torn as Jey asks, “Now what?!” Jey drags Kofi up, and whips him hard into barriers! Fans rally for Kofi but Jey puts him in the ring. Jey talks trash but fans chant, “UCEY! UCEY!” Jey tunes it out and he clubs away on Kofi at the ropes! The ref counts, Jey lets off at 4, but Jimmy DECKS Kofi with a cheap shot!
Woods protests but the ref has him stand down. Fans chant, “We Want Sami!” but Jimmy says Sami ain’t here, so they’re not getting Sami. Jey covers his ears, he drags Woods up and around. Tag to Jimmy and they split the wishbone on Kofi! Jimmy crouches to watch Kofi crawl. Jimmy mocks Kofi, then stomps the hand! Kofi flounders to ropes, but Jimmy claws his face! Jimmy lets off, but then fishhooks Kofi again! The ref reprimands, and now Jey gets a cheap shot in! The ref has to keep Woods back again, and then Jimmy tags Jey. The Usos split the wishbone again! Jey looms over Kofi, “You think this is a game?”
Tag to Jimmy and the Usos mug Kofi. Jimmy clamps on a chinlock and he grinds Kofi down. Kofi endures and fans rally up. Kofi reaches out, he throws body shots, but Jimmy whips him to a corner. Kofi goes up and up to MISSILE DROPKICK! Fans fire up as both men crawl, hot tag to Jey! Jimmy runs in but Kofi dumps him out! Jey drags Kofi away from Woods, but Kofi hops and reaches out! Jey drags Kofi down, Kofi BOOTS Jey away! But then Jimmy trips Woods off the apron! Fans boo but Jey brings Kofi in, POP-UP NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Kofi survives and Jey is frustrated as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again and Jey has Kofi down with a chinlock. Fans rally with “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” as Kofi fights up. Kofi arm-drags free then he CLOBBERS Jey! Fans fire up, hot tags to Woods and Jimmy! Woods rallies on Jimmy with lariats and a whip! Jimmy reverses, Woods ducks ‘n’ dodges and slides to ROLLING ELBOW! Woods runs in at the corner to clothesline! Jey runs in to back suplex but Woods lands on his feet! Woods dodges Jey to clothesline Jimmy! Then he sends Jey into Jimmy, and he tilt-o-whirl RUSSIAN LEG SEWEPS Jey! Jey bails out, Woods kips up and fires up!
Indy fires up as Woods hits a GUT BUSTER DROP on Jimmy! Cover, TWO! Woods can’t believe it, but he drags Jimmy back up. “You think you can take that from us?!” Woods HEADBUTTS Jimmy! Tag to Kofi, PENALTY KICK to SLIDING FOREARM to SPLASH! Woods is up top, for the FLYING LEG DROP! Kofi covers, TWO!! Jimmy survives and the New Day is shocked! Kofi stomps Jimmy down and then runs, for the “NEW~ DAY~!” BOOM DROP! Fans fire up with Kofi and he claps in the corner! “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” Kofi spins, Jimmy ducks and tags Jey! Kofi sends Jimmy out but Jey mule kicks and UPPERCUTS!
But Kofi comes back, SOS!! Cover, TWO!!! Jey survives and Kofi is furious! “This is Awesome!” and Kofi drags Jey back up. But Jey pushes free, kicks, DRAGON WHIP! Woods sneaks a tag! Jey DUMPS Kofi out, but Woods HEADBUTTS Jey! Woods steps in, but no tornado! Jey ducks the leg lariat to SUPERKICK! Tag to Jimmy, the Usos DOUBLE SUPERKICK! DOUBLE SUPERKICK for Kofi! DOUBLE SUPERKICKS for Woods!! Tag back to Jey and the Usos take a corner each! DOUBLE UCE!!! Cover, TWO?!!? Woods survives and fans can’t believe it! Jey throws off his elbow pad and he says to finish this!
Jey tags Jimmy, they hold up the fingers, #WeTheOnes. Woods slowly rises, but Kofi drags Jey out! Kofi RAMS Jey into the steel steps! Jimmy puts Woods on the apron but Woods ROCKS and HOTSHOTS Jimmy! Kofi scoops Jey and Woods goes up! MIDNIGHT HOUR to the floor! Woods ROCKS Jimmy, steps in, TORNADO DDT! Tag to Kofi and Woods wants Jimmy to get back up! Scoop and MIDNIGHT HOUR!!! Cover, Jey breaks it in time!!! Fans are shocked but this is still going! The teams regroup, and Woods tells the Usos to get up. The four men stand and stare down. Fans are thunderous as they start throwing hands!!
Woods ROCKS Jey, Jimmy puts Kofi in a corner. Woods slingshots, but Jey moves to SUPERKICK him down! And then SUPERKICK him into the timekeeper’s area! Kofi SWING KICKS Jimmy then climbs up, but Jimmy UPPERCUTS! Tag to Jey, the Usos go up together but Kofi fights them both! Kofi SMACKS the Usos together, then adjusts, CROSS- ONE D!!!!! Cover, The Usos win!!!
Winner: The Usos, by pinfall (still Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions)
And the Tribal Chief is pleased. As of Monday Night Raw, the Usos will be THE longest reigning tag team champions in WWE history! Will any team ever stop the dominance of The Bloodline?
Bianca Belair shares her story.
Born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee, she was a very active child. She was running, climbing trees, so her mom said to get her into a sport before she gets hurt. She started on track, that was her first love. Her mom dressed her up in colorful leotards and fans would cheer her on. Bianca got very good very quickly, and became obsessed with being the best. She got a scholarship, but put pressure on herself. She forgot it was supposed to be fun. Bianca was always naturally more muscular and bigger, she dieted to get slimmer and faster, but it turned into bulimia. She faced her demons, went home, but was in a dark place.
That’s when the WWE came in. “Bianca Belair is who I wanted to be as a little girl but I was too shy to be her. And I feel like I’m in this environment now where I can just be me.” The EST was meant to be here. She just didn’t know it was her dream until it was her reality. She wants young girls to see themselves in her. Don’t dim your light for anyone else. Looking back, Bianca sees all the pieces that led her here, and the validation is the Raw Women’s Championship she has right now.
Bianca Belair now joins the show!
Jackie welcomes her and thanks her for the time, and congratulates her on one heck of a 2022, and wishes her a Happy Holidays. How does the EST spend her holidays? Bianca says Christmas is one of the biggest times of the year. It has been one of her favorites since she was a kid, and both she and her husband, Montez Ford, are very, very festive. They wrap every single gift. Even as a kid, her mom wrapped up a bicycle, so Bianca does her best. Corey isn’t sure how that was possible but it doesn’t surprise him that Mama Belair would know how.
Any secrets she wants to share about Ford perhaps strutting around the house in holiday garb? He’s on a different level. His inner child comes out. The red Solo cups are everywhere. Ford loves Christmas and so does she. Corey likes the recycling of the cups. Jackie loves that the Solo cups are always present. Does Bianca make her own gift wrap? She’s so good at making her own ring gear, after all. Bianca thinks she should, that could be a new thing. Jackie says there’s nothing Bianca can’t do. And when we talk about the best of 2022, we have to talk about winning the title at WrestleMania. What are the first couple moments Bianca goes to right away?
So many. That WrestleMania was a long time coming because it was a year long feud. Bianca and Becky go back to the year before with WrestleMania 37 and Bianca winning the SmackDown Women’s Championship and then Becky’s return and the 26 second match at SummerSlam 2021. Then it was about redeeming herself, and we had each woman cutting the other’s hair. And then it was finally WrestleMania, Bianca made it back and was fighting for it all. And she had a great entrance with that marching band help get the nerves out of the way.
Then Jackie wants to know, given the year Bianca has had, there’s 24 hours in a day and yet Jackie feels like that’s a lie. Bianca must have some kind of cheat code: Raw Women’s Championship defended successfully in major shows, she and Ford have a reality show now, and Bianca makes her own ring gear. She even competed in a bodybuilding competition! What’s her secret? She isn’t sure. She’ll see how long this is all sustainable, such as making her own gear. But Bianca loves being productive and doing it all. She just wants to use all of her talents and abilities. But Ford is the one who tells her that she needs rest, she needs sleep, and then she says, “No!”
Jackie congratulates Bianca on her 2022 and for her time. Bianca thanks them for having her, Happy Holidays! Corey says thanks, and we will now relive that epic night Bianca challenged Becky for the Raw Women’s Championship at WrestleMania!
Raw Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch VS Bianca Belair!
The Man headlined WrestleMania 35, The EST main evented WrESTleMania 37 Night One. But when these two met at SummerSlam, Becky stunned everyone with a 26 second win to get the SmackDown Women’s Championship back. Long roads have led us to this, and now we see if Big Time Becks’ time is up! Will this be WrESTleMania Part 2 on the most STUPENDOUS WrestleMania Weekend ever?
Becky’s entrance is a Marvel Cinematic parody, and she is brought on stage by a white SUV. Becky shows off her title and her new haircut as she struts down to the ramp. Preceding Bianca is the marching band from Texas Southern University! They play her theme and then the EST herself appears as the drum major! The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see just who really is the greatEST!
Fans fire up as these two stare down. Bianca hears the chants for “E S T!” but so does Becky, and that only upsets Becky more. They circle, approach, and Bianca offers a handshake? Becky throws a sucker punch! And tries the Manhandle, but Bianca fights out! Torture rack, but Becky lands on her feet out of KOD! She uses the ponytail! MANHANDLE SLAM!! Cover, TWO!! Becky can’t believe it! Bianca survives, and this match is already going longer than SummerSlam! Becky hurries to get an arm but Bianca has the ropebreak! The ref counts, Becky KICKS Bianca down! Cover, TWO!
Becky stomps away on Bianca, covers again, TWO! Becky rains down elbows, covers, TWO! A leg drop, cover, TWO! Becky cools off, clearly she has to try something else. Becky paces, goes back to Bianca, but gets caught in a cradle! TWO, and Becky hurries for a cover, but with feet on the ropes! The ref sees that, no good for Becky! Becky argues with the ref, but then Bianca spins Becky around and reels her in! Snap suplex and roll through to a stalling suplex, but Becky makes it a DDT! Cover, TWO! Becky is slightly amused now, because Bianca is hanging tough. Becky dusts off her hands, looms over Bianca, and drags her to a drop zone.
Fans rally as Becky goes to the corner, climbs up top, MOONSAULT FLOPS! Bianca hurries to steal the DISARM-HER!! The Man is enduring her own hold! Becky moves around, gets a foot for the ROPEBREAK, but Bianca drags her away! Becky trips Bianca, Oklahoma Roll, TWO! Bianca covers, TWO! Bianca kicks low, reels Becky in, scoops her, but Becky pops up top! Bianca blocks the victory roll, TWO! Becky gets the roll, TWO! Bianca has it again, TWO! Bianca ends u p in a corner and Becky boots her low! Becky reels Bianca in but Bianca throws Becky out! Bianca’s ponytail comes into play again as Becky drags her out!
Becky tries to whip, Bianca reels Becky in and scoops! But Becky slips off and RAMS Bianca into steel steps! Bianca is down and Becky wants a count-out! The count begins as Becky paces in the ring. Bianca stirs, gets up and in at 5, but Becky is right after her! BECKSPLODER! Bianca flounders again and Becky soaks up the heat. Becky drags Bianca up to BECKSPLODER again! Becky soaks up the heat again as she drags Bianca up again, BECKSPLODER! #SuBecksCity! Cover, TWO! Bianca flounders but Becky stays close. Becky wrenches to WRING Bianca into the ropes! Bianca writhes and clutches her neck!
Becky gloats as Bianca sputters, then Becky drags Bianca up to whip into a corner. Becky runs in, but Bianca slips out and ROCKS Becky! Bianca shoulders in, slingshots up, but into a SUPERKICK! Becky has Bianca stuck on the ropes, and she goes to the corner! GUILLOTINE LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Bianca is still in this and Becky is growing frustrated again. Becky stomps Bianca, drags her up by her ponytail and wraps on a SLEEPER! Bianca endures, Becky throws crossface forearms, then keeps on the sleeper. Fans rally, Bianca fights up, and Bianca throws body shots. Bianca snapmares free, dodges Becky, then goes up, only for Becky to YANK her down!
Becky reels Bianca in, BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! To ARMBAR! Bianca flails, claws at Becky, and powers up to go for a stack! Cover, TWO! Becky keeps the arm, has more of a Triangle Hold now, and even uses the ponytail to drag Bianca in deeper! Bianca just powers up again to deadlift Becky, but Becky RANAS Bianca out of the ring! Both women hit the floor and fans fire up! The ring count climbs, both women are down at 5 of 10, but Bianca gets in at 7! Becky drags her out, then pops Bianca up. Bianca handsprings off ropes to suplex Becky, and SLAM her on the floor! Fans fire up as both women are down again!
Another ring count begins, we’re past 5 of 10 already. Bianca puts Becky in at 8, hurries to get her up, but Becky ROCKS her! Bianca ROCKS Becky back, keeps throwing hands, then RAMS Becky into the corner with her shoulder! Bianca fires off but the ref has her back down. Becky kicks Bianca back! Becky runs but Bianca blocks the kick and FLIPS Becky. Bianca scoops to GUTBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Becky survives and Bianca grits her teeth. Bianca keeps her focus as she stalks Becky to ropes. Bianca brings Becky up, whips her to ropes, but Becky reverses. Bianca handsprings, pops Becky up, but Becky victory rolls it! TWO!!
Bianca gets around to chicken wing Becky! GlamEST SLAM! Bianca hurries to handspring and MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Becky survives and Bianca is feeling that frustration. Bianca drags Becky over to a drop zone and she goes up top! Fans fire up, but Becky ROCKS Bianca first! Becky climbs, fires forearms on Bianca, then sits Bianca up. Bianca fights back, fireman’s carries, and fans stand up for the CHICAGO SKYLINE! Or maybe in this case, Dallas Skyline! Bianca hurries back up top, fans fire up, EST 450!! Cover, TWO!?! Becky escapes and no one, least of all Bianca, can believe this!
Bianca works to stay cool because Becky is still down. Fans rally up, Bianca waits on Becky to get up at the apron. Bianca runs in to RAM Becky, then she has a headlock! Becky HOTSHOTS back! Becky dodges the shoulder to KICK and KICK! Bianca is down, Becky goes up and fans fire up! Becky with the MOLLY-GO-ROUND! Cover, TWO!! Bianca survives getting boots to the face! Becky looms over Bianca, she drags Bianca up, MAN- NO! No handling, Bianca shoves and ROCKS Becky! Bianca runs, but into a forearm from Becky! Becky runs, but into Bianca’s SPINEBUSTER! And then handspring MOONSAULT onto knees!
Becky hurries to get the arm, but Bianca uses that to roll Becky! TWO, Bianca wants chicken wings! Becky victory rolls, TWO! Bianca has it, TWO, and Bianca hits buckles! Becky hurries to JUMP KICK, but Bianca blocks! Bianca gets Becky to the torture rack! But Becky holds ropes for dear life! The ref reprimands and counts, so Bianca TOSSES Becky to the floor! Bianca then hurries to fetch Becky up and in! Becky hurries to scramble away to the far side! Bianca can’t stop her, Becky is safe on the outside again! But then Bianca grabs Becky by her hair, only for Becky to use Bianca’s hair to YANK her into post!
Bianca drapes then flops out of the ring, and Becky brings her up again. MANHANDLE SLAM onto steel steps! Becky leaves Bianca behind and at the mercy of the ring count! Bianca slumps off the steps at 5 of 10, is down at 7, and fans are thunderous! Bianca is up and in at 9.9!? Becky hurries to roll her, TWO!! Bianca is proving she is the toughEST, but now Becky is the angriEST as he hammers away on Bianca’s back! Becky drags Bianca back up, but she’s all but dead weight. Bianca hops up and backflips out of the Manhandle Slam! And scoops Becky to a torture rack! K O D!!! Cover, Bianca wins!!!
Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall (NEW Raw Women’s Champion)
WrESTleMania lives again! She finally gets big time payback on Becky, will Bianca make this title run the greatEST yet?
Our hosts respond.
Corey says twice now, Bianca walks into big challenges at WrestleMania, and twice she walks out champion. But she defends her title on next week’s Monday Night Raw, will she still be champion after taking on Alexa Bliss? Jackie says we never know when Alexa will get a little twisted. But Bianca’s spotlight always shines bright. That’s a trait she shares with a certain social media sensation. No, Corey, not you. Jackie means Logan Paul! We’ll see his sensational encounter with Roman Reigns, but also, the Brawling Brutes are coming with banger after banger after banger!
WWE Intercontinental Championship: GUNTHER w/ Ludwig Kaiser VS Sheamus w/ The Brawling Brutes!
Der Ring General dominated European wrestling and even the UK scene, but now he wants to take over the world through this prestigious title. However, this is the one title the Celtic Warrior has yet to hold. Will Cardiff see the crowning of an ULTIMATE GRAND SLAM CHAMPION?
Ludwig makes the introductions for- Wait! Giovanni Vinci?! Formerly Fabian Aichner and formerly of Imperium, is now BACK IN Imperium! Will having his forces back at 100% help “YOUR Intercontinental Champion” stay champion?
Dunne and Ridge brawl with Ludwig and Vinci! Vinci TOSSES Dunne, Ridge CLOBBERS Ludwig, they brawl now, and things spill out of the ring! Imperium pinballs Ridge and stomps him down! But Dunne is up top to ARIHARA MOONSAULT them down! Gunther and Sheamus haven’t even moved yet! The bell rings and the brawl is on in the ring! Sheamus backs Gunther down to a corner and fires off, but Gunther turns it around to CLUB away! Sheamus throws hands back, they scrap, and Gunther EuroUppers! Sheamus BOOTS and ROCKS and ROCKS Gunther again! Gunther turns things around to CHOP! And CHOP! And ROCK Sheamus!
Sheamus ROCKS Gunther back! Gunther headlocks, Sheamus powers out, they RAM shoulders, then Gunther BOOTS Sheamus down! Fans are fired up while the others are taken to the back. Gunther CLUBS Sheamus, suplexes, but Sheamus fights that to suplex Gunther! Sheamus CLUBS Gunther, ROCKS him, but Gunther kicks low. Gunther kicks low again, EuroUppers, but Sheamus fires back! Sheamus whips, Gunther reverses but Sheamus KICKS him! Sheamus mule kicks, front kicks, and Gunther goes to the apron. Fans are fire dup for Sheamus as he grabs Gunther at the ropes. But Gunther slips free and drags Sheamus down.
Sheamus kicks Gunther away, follows him around the way, and RAMS him into steel steps! The ring count starts but Sheamus fires up Cardiff. Sheamus drags Gunther up at 4 of 10, puts him in at 5, and then drags Gunther up the ropes. Fans fire up but Gunther resists. Sheamus forces Gunther to stand, and he forces those arms into the ropes! Gunther still fights, gets free and ROCKS Sheamus! Sheamus ROCKS Gunther back! And again! Sheamus steps in but Gunther puts him in the corner to CHOP! And CHOP! Sheamus shoves Gunther away, BOOTS him down, and then skins the cat to the top rope!
But Gunther CHOPS Sheamus off the corner and to the floor! Gunther goes out after Sheamus and he pulls the steel steps apart! Fans fire up as Gunther sets the steps and brings Sheamus around. Gunther CHOPS Sheamus, then scoops him to SLAM him on the steel steps! Gunther then goes into the ring as the count climbs. Sheamus drags himself back to the ring at 7 of 10 and slides in at 9! Gunther is annoyed but he looms over Sheamus. Gunther CLUBS Sheamus, stalks him to a corner, and CHOPS him! Sheamus ROCKS Gunther, Gunther CHOPS, Sheamus CHOPS! Gunther CHOPS Sheamus again and Sheamus staggers!
Gunther sits Sheamus up to CHOP him down! Gunther kicks Sheamus around and dares him to get up. Fans rally for Sheamus as he sits up, and Gunther CHOPS him! Gunther eggs Sheamus on, CHOPS him, but Sheamus throws body shots! Gunther SLAPS Sheamus, then BOOTS him down! Gunther drags Sheamus up, CHOPS him against the ropes, CHOPS and ROCKS and CHOPS again! The ref counts, Gunther CHOPS again and lets off. Sheamus leans against the ropes but stays in the ring. Sheamus grits his teeth and stands back up and the fans rally again. Gunther BOOTS and Sheamus staggers then flops down!
Gunther drags Sheamus from the ropes by a leg, then turns Sheamus over to get both legs. Sheamus resists the turn, but Gunther powers through to the BOSTON CRAB! Sheamus endures, crawls forward, but Gunther shifts into an STF! Fans boo but Sheamus still endures. Sheamus pries free of the crossface and BENDS Gunther’s fingers! Gunther CLUBS Sheamus, then CHOPS him on the back! Fans boo but Gunther just soaks it all in. Gunther KNEES Sheamus in the side, BOOTS him, but fans are still rallying for the Fella! Sheamus throws body shots, but Gunther ROCKS him! Sheamus ROCKS Gunther!
Gunther dodges to ROCK Sheamus in the back! Gunther kicks and CLUBS but Sheamus CHOPS and CHOPS! Gunther wrenches the arm, and CHOPS Sheamus off his feet! Gunther holds onto the wrist while fans boo, and Gunther drags Sheamus back up. Gunther wrenches again, then CHOPS Sheamus back down. Fans boo more but Gunther drags Sheamus up again. Gunther CHOPS and Sheamus drops to a knee. Sheamus glares defiantly but Gunther wrenches again. Sheamus blocks the chop! Fans fire up and Sheamus ROCKS Gunther with forearm after forearm! Gunther wobbles but he RAMS Sheamus into a corner!
Gunther tosses Sheamus out, goes out after him, and scoops him again, to SLAM him on the floor! Sheamus writhes but Gunther drags him up, to TOSS him over the announce desk! Gunther taunts the fans then drags Sheamus up. Sheamus SMACKS Gunther off the desk! And again! And then gives him BEATS OF THE BODHRAIN!! Fans count to five but Gunther gets away into the ring! Sheamus pursues and CLOBBERS Gunther! Gunther goes to the apron, but Sheamus drags him up! Fans rally as Sheamus gives more BEATS OF THE BODHRAIN! He goes past 10 but Gunther gets away again! Sheamus goes out after Gunther, but Gunther TOSSES him over the barriers!
But Sheamus hits Gunther back! Sheamus gives Gunther MORE BEATS OF THE BODHRAIN! And he goes all the way to 15!! Gunther flounders away and Sheamus pursues! Sheamus puts Gunther in the ring, climbs up a corner, and KING KONG KNEE DROPS!! Fans fire up with Sheamus! Sheamus fireman’s carries but Gunther slips off to ROCK Sheamus! Sheamus ROCKS Gunther, so Gunther CHOPS Sheamus! Sheamus ROCKS Gunther again, Gunther CHOPS Sheamus again. ROCK! CHOP! ROCK! CHOP! They speed it up and Sheamus gets the edge! But Gunther gest around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Sheamus sits back up!
Sheamus runs in, into a CHOP! Sheamus rebounds to KNEE Gunther down! Cover, TWO!! Sheamus almost had Gunther there! “This is Awesome!” and it’s still going as both men stir. Sheamus watches Gunter rise, and he reels him in for the clinch. Gunther fights that off with elbows, then he CLUBS Sheamus! SLEEPER!! Gunther squeezes tight but Sheamus moves around! Sheamus drops to a knee and Gunther leans on the hold but fans rally up. Sheamus fights up, pries at the hold, but Gunther turns him around! Sheamus fights the lift and fireman’s carries for WHITE NOISE! Cover, TWO!! Gunther survives again!
Fans rally harder and harder as Sheamus stands again. Gunther crawls to a corner but Sheamus takes aim. Cardiff is on its feet as Sheamus beats his chest! Gunther stands, but he dodges the Brogue to waistlock! Sheamus elbows free but Gunther SHOTGUNS him into the corner! Gunther drags Sheamus up, GENERAL BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Gunther is freaking out that Sheamus survives! Gunther stomps Sheamus down, drags him around, then stomps him some more! Gunther goes up the corner, but Sheamus hurries up to SLAP him! And CHOP him! And CHOP, and CHOP! Gunther CHOPS back but Sheamus ROCKS and CHOPS him again!
Sheamus and Gunther brawl, Gunther throwing down some hard SLAPS! Sheamus staggers away, Gunther adjusts, but Sheamus BOOTS the ropes to trip Gunther up! Sheamus then turns Gunther around and brings Gunther out on the crucifix! A shoutout to another great Intercontinental Champion! RAZOR’S EDGE!! Sheamus crawls to the cover, TWO!?! Gunther survives and Scott Hall must be looking down in a bit of disappointment. Sheamus crawls to a corner, fans are thunderous and Sheamus glares at Gunther. Gunther stands, Sheamus runs, but his back! Gunther gets Sheamus up, GENERAL BOMB!! But Gunther can’t cover from his own fatigue!
Sheamus sits up! He shakes his head as Gunther gets pissed!! Gunther CLOBBERS Sheamus!!! Cover, Gunther wins!!
Winner: Gunther, by pinfall (still WWE Intercontinental Champion)
It was a war like none other, but it took one last shot to finish Sheamus off! Will Der Ring General continue to brutally and unequivocally dominate the WWE?
Our hosts respond.
Corey says, “In the WWE, there are fights, and then there are all out wars. And that match between Gunther and Sheamus was definitely the latter.” Jackie agrees, and says that we love and live for all out wars. Gunther VS Sheamus was the tip of the iceberg when it came to the battles between Imperium and the Brutes. Joining us now is none other than Sheamus! Jackie has to know, how does the Celtic Warrior celebrate the holidays. The Fella takes us on a tour of the house, and for anyone that knows “Sheamy,” his two favorite holidays are St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th, and the other is Christmas.
The Irish love Christmas. It is a special holiday to everyone around the world, but especially to the Irish. Since Sheamus couldn’t go home for Christmas, he went to the next best place: Sheamy’s Bar! Where there is always plenty of Guinness in the fridge and great tunes playing. The gremlins can’t hold their drinks, though. But the cream of the crop for when guests come over, greet them in style with his special barrel drink storage. Corey says once holidays are over, it’s back to Fight Night for the Brutes. What is it that makes Sheamus, Ridge Holland & “Butch” Pete Dunne such a great group?
Sheamus says what makes them so formidable is that they have no egos. They’re all lads from across the pond, and it does seem unlikely, him being Irish and them being English. But the truth is, that works! They all share the same goal: the scrap and the fight! That is what lets them go out there and beat down whoever. Bloodline, Imperium, it doesn’t matter! You step to the Brawling Brutes ad you are in for the fight night of your life! Jackie says that’s well said. But she has to ask about the Good ol’ Fashioned Donnybrook! Brutes VS Imperium at Extreme Rules, what makes the Brutes so successful in such a match.
Sheamus says it is anything goes in that kind of match, and that means they can even use shillelaghs. You’re better off getting hit with iron bars than one of those. But you also get to sprinkle in a lot of that Celtic culture, from barrels to the bar and various weapons. Imperium says the ring is sacred, Der Ring General, all that. But when you’re in there in the Brutes’ backyard, all that talk goes out the window. Corey thanks Sheamus for his time, and now we relive that very banger from Imperium and the Brawling Brutes!
Good Ol’ Fashioned Donnybrook: The Brawling Brutes VS Imperium!
Philly, get ready for FIGHT NIGHT! Sheamus may not be Intercontinental Champion, but he has all the more reason to beat the blood, sweat and tears out of Giovanni Vinci, Ludwig Kaiser & Gunther after how they kept that title from him! Will he, Ridge the Fridge and “Butch” break Imperium? Or will the mat and Philadelphia be kept sacred?
The bell rings and the teams stare down. Fans fire up and the brawl is on! Sheamus is after Gunther, Dunne throws Vinci out but Ludwig CLUBS and KNEES and UPPERCUTS Ridge! Dunne rains down fists on Vinci on the announce desk! Gunther and Sheamus go out to the floor to brawl! Ridge resists a butterfly suplex while Sheamus RAMS Gunther into barriers! Ridge LAWN DARTS Ludwig into Dunne’s GAMANGIRI! Then they put Ludwig in a Tree of Woe, Sheamus trapping him with a shillelagh, for Dunne to run in and basement dropkick! But Gunther BOOTS Dunne! And DECKS Ridge!
Vinci sends Sheamus into barriers! Imperium turns the tide by whipping Ridge for a SPINEBUSTER and PENALTY KICK! Fans boo but Imperium soaks up the heat. Dunne returns but gets a GAMANGIRI from Ludwig! Ludwig & Vinci go out to clear the bar! Sheamus goes after them for that! Gunther joins in and Imperium mugs Sheamus 3v1! The bar stools are moved aside, Ludwig & Vinci keep after Sheamus, then they move barrels aside so they can haul Sheamus up. They whip him hard into steel steps, then egg him on. Philly boos but Dunne LEAPS at Vinci! Vinci and Gunther mug him, and Gunther CHOPS Dunne through barriers!
Vinci and Ludwig stomp Sheamus, then they haul him up. They put him on the bar so Gunther can taunt him and CHOP away on him! MACHINE GUN CHOPS!! And a BOOT! Sheamus flounders but Gunther hauls him up, BACK SUPLEX ON THE BAR! Fans boo but Imperium sees Ridge and Dunne regrouping in the ring. Imperium heads that way, the brawl is back on! But that’s 3v2, Imperium gets the edge, Vinci traps Ridge for a BOOT! Ludwig CLUBS Dunne down and Imperium paces about. Vinci stomps Dunne, Ludwig kicks Ridge. Gunther drags Ridge up to DECK him with a forearm! Ludwig rains down fists but Dunne ENZIGURIS Gunther!
Vinci DECKS Dunne, he and Ludwig mug Dunne and beat him down. Ludwig runs at Ridge but Ridge blocks the kick! Ludwig and Vinci club away but Ridge lifts them both! DOUBLE BACK DROP! Ridge turns around, Gunther BOOTS him down! Gunther shouts to his men and they go after Ridge at the apron. Vinci brings Ridge out, Ludwig is on the apron, IMPERIAL BOMB to the floor!! Imperium soaks up the heat and Dunne sees he’s alone. But Dunne doesn’t care, he just fires off on Gunther! He gets mugged 3v1 and beaten back down! They put Dunne in a corner, Gunther drags Dunne up to put on the top rope.
Gunther CHOPS Dunne, then climbs up to stand on him! Then Vinci & Ludwig DOUBLE DROPKICK him at the corner! Dunne flops to the floor while Imperium soaks up the heat. Gunther tells Vinci & Ludwig to go out, and they fetch Dunne into the ring. Ludwig sits Dunne up and Gunther slaps Dunne around. Then he CHOPS Dunne! But Sheamus rises from the bar! Fans are thunderous, Ludwig hurries but Sheamus CLOBBERs him! And he CLOBBERS Vinci! And he throws Ludwig into barriers! And Vinci into barriers! Now Sheamus has Gunther all to himself! Fans fire up as the two stare down in the ring once again!
Sheamus and Gunther fire off forearms, Sheamus gets the edge, but Gunther gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Both men go to ropes, Sheamus comes back with a LARIAT! Sheamus storms up to clothesline in the corner! Then whips corner to corner, but Gunther BOOTS him! But Sheamus scoops to SLAM Gunther! Fans are thunderous again and Sheamus has Gunther on the apron. Sheamus stands Gunther up, CLUBS him on the back, and then gives him BEATS OF THE BODHRAIN! Sheamus gets all TEN, then goes past that! Ridge and Dunne add on, this is a whole band of Bodhrains! Gunther flounders, Sheamus hauls him in, fireman’s carry for WHITE NOISE!
Sheamus then looks to the crowd as they fire back up. Sheamus goes to a corner, beats his chest, and Gunther rises into the BROGUE!! Cover, but Vinci SPLASHES in!! Ridge stomps Vinci, EuroUppers him around, then whips him to a corner. Vinci reverses and blocks a boot to short arm LARIAT! Vinci & Ludwig set up, but Ridge back drops free! Ludwig leaps into a BIG forearm from Dunne! But Gunther DOUBLE SHOTGUNS Ridge & Dunne! Gunther runs in at Sheamus, but into an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Sheamus has the legs, for the CLOVERLEAF!! Gunther flails, fans fire up, but Sheamus drags Gunther from the ropes!
But Ludwig gets in and CRACKS a shillelagh on Sheamus’ back! Gunther covers, but the Brutes break it! “This is Awesome!” as the trios regroup! The Brutes stand on one end, Imperium on the other, and the haymakers start flying again! Dunne and Ludwig, Vinci and Ridge, they all fall to the mat, but now Gunther and Sheamus rise! The leaders throw forearms back and forth, harder and faster! They start throwing CHOPS and body shots! Sheamus and Gunther both wobble back! The trios regroup again, and now all six men rush in! Ludwig GUT WRENCHES Dunne, Vinci dodges and CROSSBODIES Ridge!
Sheamus KNEES Gunther down! Cover, Vinci drags Sheamus out! Vinci and Ludwig mug Sheamus! They clear off the announce desk, and fans chant “WE WANT TABLES!” Well, they’re about to get tables as Vinci drags Sheamus up and Ludwig climbs up. But Ridge CLOBBERS Vinci, catches Ludwig and RAMS Ludwig into the apron! Vinci & Ludwig beat up on Ridge but Dunne’s on a barrel! ARIHARA MOONSAULT!! Down go the soldiers, but Sheamus wants Der Ring General! Sheamus gets in the ring, but Gunther CLOBBERS him with a shillelagh! And again! So much for the tradition of wrestling!
Gunther has the shillelagh for a SHILLELAGH LARIAT!! Cover, TWO!?!? Sheamus survives what put him away on SmackDown and Gunther can’t believe it! Gunther snarls, staggers up and he looms over Sheamus. Gunther drags Sheamus up, reels him in, but Ridge & Dunne get in! Dunne gets a hand to SNAP Gunther’s fingers! Ridge HEADBUTTS Gunther, and they both set him up! Sheamus has the shillelagh! Fans fire up and Sheamus raises the club high to CRACK Gunther in the head! Gunther bails out fast but Ridge & Dunne pursue Vinci & Ludwig! They start throwing around the wood, hammering away on Vinci & Ludwig!
Sheamus gets Gunther in a Crucifix lift! RAZOR’S EDGE THROUGH THE ANNOUNCE DESK!! Fans are thunderous again, and Sheamus goes back into the ring. The Brutes set Vinci up and Sheamus beats his chest! BROGUE for the Pride of Italy! Cover, the Brutes win!
Winners: The Brawling Brutes, by pinfall
That was the most destructive donnybrook humanly possible! And what a way to open Extreme Rules! Will the Brutes find their way back to gold with this momentum?
Our hosts respond.
Jackie double checks with Corey, should she file this one under “BANGER!” YES, certified banger. When someone got hit in the mouth, Corey had to check his own jaw that he didn’t lose some teeth. But the Brutes have moved on from Imperium to another faction in The Bloodline. No one should want to cross paths with them but the Brutes don’t care. But Corey and Jackie will do the smart thing and turn this over to Sami.
Sami Zayn is reading The Bloodline Dictionary.
“Oh hi there, I didn’t see you come in. I’m Sami Zayn, and welcome to my locker room. The year 2022 has really been probably the most remarkable year, certainly in my life, but also in WWE history. Why? Because of the single most dominant faction of all time, The Bloodline.” Sami is of course a proud member of the faction that has dominated the WWE in a way we’ve never seen before. And when you think of domination, you of course first think of the Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns.
“If you haven’t done it already, ladies and gentlemen, it is time to acknowledge him. You must stop and take a moment to remember the incredible debut of the Enforcer of the Bloodline, Solo Sikoa. When we talk about dominance, we have to talk about The Usos and their remarkable journey to become the longest reigning WWE Tag Team Champions of all time. Oh, those Usos.” Sami was given the Bloodline Dictionary, First Edition, as a gift, and he needed it. Half the time they’re talking, they say words Sami isn’t familiar with. Rollout, level up, YEET, Ucey. Well, Sami knows that one pretty well.
But the absolute highlight for Sami was WarGames at Survivor Series. He fully embraced the Bloodline and they fully embraced him to make him a full-fledged Uce. And he was directly responsible for making sure the Bloodline was victorious. “If that’s not one of the greatest nights of your life, then doggone it, I don’t know what is.” The level of dominance from the Bloodline in 2022 is just a sample of what’s to come. In 2023, there will be no question, no doubt, that everyone else are just the twos, and #WeTheOnes. Happy Holidays!
Drew McIntyre speaks.
“It’s really cool to be from the UK. A long line of warriors, of scientists, of poets. The people that dream big, that do some incredible things.” As a kid, McIntyre did imagine himself being here in the WWE, ever since he was six years old. McIntyre felt it was almost unobtainable. No one from Scotland ever makes it to the WWE, McIntyre said he would be the first. When you’re from here, with such brave, determined figures, you go for that dream and make it happen. He’s living proof of that.
Thirty years, from SummerSlam ’92 to Clash at the Castle 2022, the WWE returned to the UK. This is full circle for McIntyre. Fans were so excited to see it happen. Over 70 THOUSAND people watching McIntyre VS Roman, the building is going to be shaking. And shaking it was! McIntyre couldn’t have even dreamt of that moment. It is not lost on him how big that moment was. Tyson Fury even told McIntyre he did the UK proud. People will be talking about that moment for years and years to come. He told the fans themselves that they showed the world the passion the UK has for pro-wrestling.
Drew McIntyre joins the show!
Corey says thanks for being here, and he knows McIntyre’s dealing with a few injuries. How is the Scottish Warrior feeling? Feeling pretty good. It is specifically a minor thing, and he will be back very soon. We’re already in WrestleMania Season, and he will not miss this year’s. But it is weird, McIntyre got his presents early and now he has to start his taxes. That’s way ahead of schedule for him, but he’s been very, very productive. His cats are over the moon, they’re happy he’s home. Then looking back, there’s one event that stands out for McIntyre, and that is of course Clash at the Castle, the first major WWE event in over 30 years!
Can McIntyre tells us how much that meant to him? McIntyre says he’d dreamt of such an event for years now. It wasn’t even a dream when he was a kid. He wanted to main event WrestleMania, win the world title, and he was lucky to do that. But there hadn’t been any premium events in the UK since 1992. At 22 years old, McIntyre asked everyone why. There is such passion and dedication in the UK, they could fill a stadium easily. There were excuses like logistics, but as the years went by, the WWE Network, now on Peacock, they made shows all over the world.
McIntyre remembers Super Showdown in Australia back in 2018. McIntyre used that example as a way to bring it up again. They couldn’t use “logistics” as an excuse anymore, they couldn’t use time zones as an excuse because that wasn’t any more than what it’d be in the UK. They could put it on during a weekend and in the afternoon. And eventually, it materialized. McIntyre would’ve been happy to be anywhere on that show, but it worked out that he was in the main event against Roman Reigns, and it was unbelievable.
Jackie knows he is passionate about this, so how important is it to see another premium event overseas in the UK, and maybe sooner than 30 years from now? Yeah, McIntyre would love to see one done every year. He knows there is an audience for it. Clash at the Castle was rocking from the first match to the last moment of the main event, and they could even go to other places. If there is a demand, they can do it. They could do it in Paris, France! If you want the WWE, make your voice heard on social media. And you never know, you could get a big WWE show at your home country. Corey loves the sound of that!
But after such a wild 2022, what does 2023 hold for the Scottish Warrior? McIntyre wants after Gunther and that Intercontinental Championship. McIntyre has seen the competition, he’s seen the battles, McIntyre is a forearm champion and would love to tangle with Der Ring General. Yes, please! Jackie and Corey want that to happen. Corey says everyone appreciates McIntyre being a workhorse for the WWE. Happy Holidays and good lucks next year. McIntyre appreciates that. He hopes Santa was nice to everyone, he’s gonna go watch Klaus for the tenth time.
WWE reviews McIntyre VS Kross.
Mr. Doomsday said, “Admits chaos, opportunity tends to present itself. Drew McIntyre, the Chosen One. Must be nice. They chose you. And they were wrong. They chose you, McIntyre! THEY! WERE! WRONG!!” McIntyre told Kross to step up, and challenged him to a match “designed to maximize pain.” A STRAP MATCH!!
Strap Match: Drew McIntyre VS Karrion Kross w/ Scarlett Bordeaux!
Once upon a time, the Scottish Warrior was the Chosen One, but that story did not have a happy ending. However, that story isn’t over, either. McIntyre has been writing a sequel that is truly better than the original, but he must continue fighting to keep this story going. Is this just another new beginning for McIntyre? Or will Mr. Doomsday abruptly end things with a horribly tragic finale?
The strap is brought out, and McIntyre puts it on himself. Kross refuses and fans boo, but he has to for the match. Kross smirks as he holds onto the strap, then throws it away. But then Scarlett grabs that end! Kross ATTACKS! Fans boo as Kross stomps a mudhole into McIntyre! Kross roars, then goes out to grab the strap. McIntyre avoids getting whipped and he whips Kross, but Kross reverses to POST McIntyre! Kross TOSSES McIntyre over the barriers! Kross grabs the strap, pursues McIntyre into the crowd, and fans fire up as these two brawl in front of them! McIntyre CLUBS Kross but Kross elbows back. They brawl as they go along that back way.
Fans fire up as McIntyre ROCKS and CHOPS Kross. Kross ROCKS McIntyre but McIntyre BOOTS and CHOPS back! Kross ROCKS McIntyre, throws McIntyre over to ringside, and then stalks him to the ring. Kross brings McIntyre around, and he aims for the steps! McIntyre blocks the suplex, to snap suplex Kross to the floor! McIntyre SMACKS Kross off the desk, and SMACKS him off the steps! McIntyre throws a headlock punch, then POSTS Kross! Kross staggers but McIntyre scoops him, SIDEWALK SLAM on the apron! McIntyre roars and fans fire up while Scarlett is freaking out. McIntyre brings the strap into the ring, and he forces it onto Kross!
Fans cheer as the bell rings, and McIntyre rains down fists! McIntyre winds up some slack to LASH Kross! Kross writhes but McIntyre LASHES him again! Kross bails out, McIntyre follows and he LASHES Kross again! McIntyre eggs Kross on, LASHES him again, “FALL AND PRAY, BITCH!” McIntyre LASHES Kross more, Scarlett storms up but has to stay back as McIntyre LASHES again. The ref warns Scarlett, but Kross uses the distraction to YANK McIntyre into the post! McIntyre staggers, clutching his arm, but the ref checks him. McIntyre says no, he won’t lose like that. Kross POSTS McIntyre again!
Kross tells McIntyre he’s a stupid SOB, and then he stomps and kicks McIntyre around. And then POSTS McIntyre again! Kross drags McIntyre into the wring, he wrenches the bad arm, ARMBAR DDT! Cover, TWO! Kross stomps away on McIntyre, CHOPS him on the ropes, and taunts “The Chosen One” that this is what he wanted. Kross lets off and McIntyre sputters. Kross WRINGS the arm out and McIntyre writhes again. Kross LASHES him and Scarlett is loving this. But McIntyre throws body shots! Kross KNEES low, McIntyre CHOPS back! And CHOPS again! And swings, but into a SLEEPER! McIntyre fights it off and RAMS Kross into the buckles!
McIntyre gets away but Kross reels him in to LASH him! Fans boo but Scarlett applauds as Kross drags McIntyre out of the ring. Kross ROCKS McIntyre, then wrenches him to COMPLETE SHOT against the desk! McIntyre clutches his arm as he falls over. Kross drags McIntyre up, wraps him up against the post with the strap, and he LASHES him! And LASHES him! Kross lets the slack out so he can LASH and LASH and LASH away! Scarlett says “MORE! MORE!” and revels in the endless LASHES! Kross finally stops and soaks up the heat from the fans. McIntyre is down on the floor and Kross mocks him.
Kross goes into the ring, and he uses the strap to drag McIntyre in. McIntyre stands but Kross reels him in for the DOOMSDAY SAIDO! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre is still in this and Kross is annoyed. Fans rally up and McIntyre snarls but Kross gathers up the slack again to LASH McIntyre! And again! McIntyre scowls as the LASHES seem to give him power! McIntyre glares at Kross and Kross isn’t sure what to do. McIntyre CLOBBERS Kross! And again! McIntyre tells Kross to get up, and then he OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes! Kross swings, but into the NECKBREAKER! McIntyre kips up and fans fire up!
McIntyre smiles as he watches Kross get back up. McIntyre underhooks but Kross RAMS him into the corner! Kross fireman’s carries but McIntyre shoves him away. Kross elbows McIntyre, but runs into a SPINEBUSTER! Jackknife bridge, TWO! Scarlett is worried for Kross but fans rally for McIntyre. McIntyre ROCKS Kross with a haymaker but Kross ROCKS McIntyre back! They go back and forth, faster and faster, and fans are on McIntyre’s side! It’s fast and furious, it’s a hockey fight! McIntyre ROCKS Kross again, then LASHES him! Kross LASHES back! Each man has enough slack to LASH each other in the shoulders and neck!
Kross wobbles, but he LASHES again! McIntyre LASHES, Kross LASHES, it’s even wilder than before! Fans fire up as McIntyre gets the edge! LASH after LASH, then the FUTURE SHOCK! Kip up and Philly fires up! McIntyre starts up his countdown, “THREE! TWO! ONE!” But Scarlett steps in to defend Kross! McIntyre sighs, but then she PEPPER SPRAYS him!! The ref reprimands but there’s nothing to be done! Kross winds up his arm, KROSS HAMMER!! Cover, Kross wins!
Winner: Karrion Kross, by pinfall
The ref washes the spray out of McIntyre’s face, but the damage is done! Kross’s elbow turned his lights out and now McIntyre has lost, just as Kross predicted. Who else will be forced to #FallAndPray?
But that wasn’t the end, it only escalated from there! Just a month later, Crown Jewel locked these two inside a STEEL CAGE!
Steel Cage Match: Drew McIntyre VS Karrion Kross w/ Scarlett Bordeaux!
The Scottish Warrior was screwed out of a Strap Match by way of Scarlett’s pepper spray, and he isn’t going to let Mr. & Mrs. Doomsday get away with that! Will the cage keep Scarlett and her trickery out of the equation? Or will Kross find a way to win again?
The cage is lowered, McIntyre closes the door himself, and fans fire up already for McIntyre. The bell rings and the two men stare down. Kross rushes in, McIntyre dodges and fires off forearms and CHOPS! Kross knee slow, ROCKS McIntyre, then whips him to ropes. McIntyre reverses but Kross kicks back! McIntyre CLOBBERS Kross! McIntyre CHOPS Kross to a corner, ROCKS him, then bumps him off buckles. McIntyre back suplexes and Kross flounders away! Fans fire up with McIntyre and he storms up on Kross. Kross throat chops! McIntyre sputters, Kross climbs a wall, but McIntyre CLUBS Kross!
McIntyre climbs up after Kross, they trade JABS, McIntyre gets the edge, but Kross kicks the legs out! McIntyre gets caught up on the ropes then falls over. Kross has McIntyre in a corner, he clotheslines, elbows and ROLLING ELBOWS! Then he hits an EXPLODER! Fans boo but Scarlett soaks it all in. Kross drags McIntyre up, and he RAMS McIntyre into the steel! He tells fans to shut up, but McIntyre CHOPS! Kross CHOPS! McIntyre CHOPS! And CHOPS! ANd CHOPS! Kross knees low to RAM McIntyre into steel again! Kross then digs his boot in and CHOKES McIntyre! Kross doesn’t have to worry about disqualifications, either!
Kross lets off to get the legs, and he ROPE GUILLOTINES McIntyre! “Look at you now!” Kross digs McIntyre’s face into the steel! Fans chant “You Suck!” but Kross doesn’t care. Kross puts McIntyre in a corner, and he says, “This is my future! You hear me? MY world! And you’re not a part of it.” Kross whips corner to corner but McIntyre comes back with a LARIAT! And another! And then a clinch to an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! McIntyre keeps on Kross, and he RAMS Kross into steel! And then into more steel! Kross roars, swings, but misses! NECKBREAKER from McIntyre! Fans sing for him, and McIntyre kips up!
McIntyre storms up on Kross, underhooks the arms, but Kross RAMS him into a corner! Kross throws forearms, then he scoops McIntyre. McIntyre slips off, shoves, but Kross elbows him away. Kross runs, into a MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Kross is still in this and he crawls away to a corner. “This is Awesome!” as McIntyre stalks Kross. McIntyre CHOPS, then hoists Kross up top. McIntyre climbs up after Kross, and he stands on the very top rope. But Kross throws body shots! Kross trips McIntyre up again! Kross HEADBUTTS McIntyre into the Tree of Woe! But McIntyre sits up to SPIDER SUPLEX!
Fans fire up as Kross flounders away! McIntyre is free of the Tree, fans are thunderous as he glares at Kross. CLAY- NO, a KNEE from Kross! Cover, TWO!! Kross’ Busaiku Knee almost gets it but fans rally for McIntyre again. Kross grows, “I hate you!” Kross drags McIntyre up, whips but McIntyre reverses, and Kross hits steel! McIntyre hits a SPINEBUSTER! Jackknife bridge, TWO! INTO A KROSSJACKET!! McIntyre endures, pushes back to slip out, and he puts on a SLEEPER of his own! Kross endures, fans rally, but Kross fights up. Kross slips around to DOOMSDAY SAIDO!! McIntyre is all folded up and Kross laughs!
Scarlett wants Kross to finish this but fans chant, “You Suck!” Kross aims from a corner, winds the hands of time, but McIntyre ducks the forearm! And he spins Kross around, FUTURE SHOCK! And another kip up! McIntyre aims from a corner, “Three! Two! One!” But Scarlett distracts McIntyre by rattling the cage! Kross clamps on with a SLEEPER! McIntyre fights it, and he RAMS Kross into a corner! McIntyre is free, he ELBOWS Kross, but Kross KROSS HAMMERS!! Kross says he told McIntyre! Kross laughs but fans boo as Kross kicks McIntyre around. Kross then climbs the cage. Fans boo but Scarlett cheers!
McIntyre springs to life! He hurries up after Kross and catches him at the top! McIntyre throws hands, drags Kross back in, for a SUPERPLEX! Fans lose their minds over that impact while both men are down! “This is Awesome!” as McIntyre and Kross stir. McIntyre stirs and heads for the door! The ref opens the door, and McIntyre is in the doorway, but Scarlett uses pepper spray! And even on the ref!! Kross grins and he crawls for the door now. Fans boo, Kross is almost there, but McIntyre LEAPS to anchor Kross! Kross panics! ANKLE LOCK!! Kross grabs at the steps but McIntyre drags him into the ring!
McIntyre has the hold but Kross BOOTS him away! Kross ROCKS McIntyre, McIntyre ROCKS Kross! Kross BOOTS McIntyre, but CLAYMORE!! But both men are down! Fans fire up as McIntyre stands. Scarlett closes the door, and locks it! “You can’t win, Drew!” McIntyre looks up at the cage, and climbs it! Scarlett didn’t think of that! McIntyre is at the top, but Scarlett unlocks the door for Kross! Kross crawls, McIntyre climbs down, but McIntyre drops! McIntyre wins!!
Winner: Drew McIntyre, by escape
Kross can’t believe it! Time wasn’t on his side this time! And now, Kross and McIntyre are tied at one apiece! McIntyre gets this must-win, but will he and Kross go again one last time?
Everyone loves a return!
In 2022, we saw Ronda Rousey return at the Royal Rumble to win it, we saw Braun Strowman return just to wreck everyone in his path, and we saw Bayley return with Dakota Kai & Iyo Sky to “take control.” We also saw Mr. & Mrs. Wrestling, Johnny Gargano & Candice LeRae on Raw, Hit Row, Emma and Sarah “Valhalla” Logan on SmackDown, and JBL return to introduce Baron Corbin as the “Modern Day Wrestling God!” AJ Styles brought back the Good Brothers, Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson, to battle Judgment Day, and “Michin” Mia Yim even returned to help them against Rhea Ripley.
Legado Del Fantasma returned with Zelina Vega to make an impact on SmackDown, Dexter Lumis found his way to Raw, and perhaps biggest of them all… Bray Wyatt made a rather mysterious return to SmackDown. Jackie says that one still gives her chills, and not in a good way. But there was one return not in that highlight reel, and Corey says it is one that has to be seen to be believed. And the man himself is here to relive it! The American Nightmare, Cody Rhodes, joins the show!
Corey wants Cody to take a moment to think back to that “fateful night” at WrestleMania. Cody emerged from the “Codyvator” at WrestleMania, the pinnacle of this business. What was Cody feeling and thinking in that moment? Cody can tell us that as he rose up in the “Codyvator,” which he loves the name by the way, he didn’t know what to expect. He was overwhelmed, and is even rather overwhelmed now talking about it. It was all the stories, from what he’d done while away from the WWE, but also what his family had done in the WWE and what he’d done his first 10 years being here.
The WWE was the house that built him, so he needed a minute even hearing “The American Nightmare” being said. It was a moment that will be hard to top. It meant so much, not just to him but to his family. Jackie says that was a big moment for her and the fans, too. She was there, that crowd went nuts for him! Cody is glad the fans enjoyed it, Cody needed that. He hadn’t said that, but he’s blessed to have had that moment. Corey then shifts things to talking about Seth Rollins, and how they ignited a rivalry that fans are still talking about. Why was Rollins such a pivotal part of Cody’s return?
“Make no mistake about it,” Seth and Cody aren’t chummy. But Rollins is one of the top three wrestlers in the entire WORLD, and he had three matches with Rollins. They’re not friends, they don’t exchange Christmas cards, but there is a bond by battle with Rollins that surely Rollins wants another. Cody isn’t sure about that, but… Well speaking of, Corey wants to talk Hell in a Cell. Corey’s never seen an injury quite as gruesome as Cody’s torn pectoral muscle. Why was it so important for Cody to fight through the pain? Well, Cody tells his students at the Nightmare Factory that you will always wrestle hurt, but you should never wrestle injured. And yet, on that night, Cody was a massive hypocrite.
Cody knows many have an outlook on that night where it was brave that he fought through it. But his outlook is less romanticized. He never thought of doing anything but wrestling. He wrestled that night because he was told he couldn’t hurt it any worse. It is a privilege to do what they do, and maybe Cody had “the Ghost of Wrestling Past” or something, but there was something special there that night. And to be able to compete means they did something right. Jackie likes how Cody framed it as him not having a romanticized outlook, and yet that entire answer romanticizes it entirely for her.
But what’s so incredible is that it wasn’t just millions of fans watching and going crazy, this transcended the WWE. News outlets, sports outlets, and even HOCKEY TWITTER talked about how big that was. Cody likes that and he wants that. He might need to look into that. Hockey players are some of the toughest athletes out there, they like gritty competition, so he appreciates that. As someone returning to the WWE, he wanted to bring something like that with him, and so he maybe needed to have a moment like that where he isn’t all there, missing an arm but doing it anyway.
Corey says 2022 was a landmark year for Cody Rhodes, but then what does 2023 hold for him? Cody would like to pick up where he left off. A lot of things have happened in his life, not just the injury and what he was doing while away, but the birth of his daughter. Cody can’t help but think “about the little kid who showed up at 4400 Shepherdsville Road, Louisville, Kentucky and wanted to be a pro-wrestler and told everyone how big his plans were, and didn’t have any idea the price that needed to be paid for what I was asking.” Cody can say this with confidence now that he has paid the price.
This isn’t a sport where your tenure earns you anything, it is always “What have you done for me lately?” And even though Cody wasn’t present for a good chunk of this year, what he did really reigstered with fans, and he wants to pick up from that moment, being in the big shoes with the big dreams. Cody has an opportunity to do that. He knows he’s being vague, but anyone who is a fan of all this can read between the lines. He is here for one thing and a torn pec isn’t going to stop him. Nothing can stop him. It must be done, it needs to be done, he will get it done. Then we all await the return of the American Nightmare!
Corey says that while we have Cody, he just wants to say, “There are gritty performances, there is fighting through the pain, but what we are about to see takes all that to a whole new level.” We relive Cody VS Rollins, HELL IN A CELL!
Hell in a Cell Match: Cody Rhodes VS Seth Rollins!
The Son of a Son of a Plumber made a thrilling return to the WWE at WrestleMania 38 as the Visionary’s mystery opponent, and then had a great rematch with him at WrestleMania Backlash. But Rollins won’t let any of that go, and now they’re having a hellacious rematch to put an end to it! Cody won as a surprise and he won at 100%, but does he have a chance when he has a torn pec and an angry Architect? Or will Seth Freakin’ Rollins end the American Nightmare’s dream comeback?
The cell is lowered, and Rollins comes out in a Dusty Rhodes polka dots outfit! Rollins is really trying to get under Cody’s skin here, and it only makes the fans chant for Cody more. Cody makes his entrance, and though the pyro goes off, it is clear Cody’s right arm isn’t doing well. The weight belt goes to a young fan in the front row, and Cody steps inside the cell. The door is locked, fans are fired up and despite the bad arm, Cody is ready! The introductions are made, the bell rings, and we see who survives going through Hell… in a Cell!
Cody takes off his jacket and shows just how nasty that torn pec looks. Rollins loves seeing that dark purple-red chest as the two circle. Cody keeps that bad arm back and avoids Rollins’ grip to JAB! Rollins sneers, he and Cody circle again, and they knuckle lock. Rollins wants the arm, Cody shoves him away and JABS, JABS, but Rollins trips him! Cody avoids a stomp to kick Rollins, then he fires off JAB after JAB! Rollins swings, Cody dodges and DISASTER KICKS! Fans fire up but Rollins reels Cody in! Back suplex but Cody lands out, CODY CUTTER!! But the bad arm slows him down! Cody just grits his teeth and fires back up!
Cody gets Rollins in the dragon sleeper but Rollins knees free! Cody trips Rollins to step through, FIGURE FOUR! But how well can Cody hold it when one arm can’t push up? Rollins drags Cody with him, has the ropes, but there are no ropebreaks in the cell! Rollins uses the ropes to drag himself out further, and he gets something from under the ring? A toolbox! That’s a familiar sight for Rollins. But instead, Rollins gets a kendo stick! Rollins SMACKS the bad arm! Rollins is free of the leglock, and he SMACKS Cody again! Cody crawls, Rollins CLOBBERS him with the stick! And again! Fans rally for Cody but Rollins stands on the bad hand, to dig into the bad shoulder!
Rollins lets off and laughs while he paces around. Cody manages to get up, and blocks the kendo stick! Cody JABS, JABS and back hands, then he whips Rollins corner to corner. Rollins reverses but Cody goes up and out, only for Rollins to BLAST him into the steel! The ref checks on Cody but he refuses to give up. Rollins aims while fans rally up, and Rollins WRECKS Cody with a dropkick! Cody hits steel, Rollins smacks him off it again! Rollins has the kendo stick, and he digs it into the bad shoulder again! Rollins eggs Cody on then SMACKS the bad arm! Rollins has cameramen move aside so he can RAM Cody into steel!
Rollins taunts Cody more as he digs Cody’s face into the fencing like a grater! Rollins goes for another but Cody blocks and throws Rollins into the steel! And again! And again! Cody stalks Rollins around the way, fans rally behind Cody, and they get in the ring. Rollins kicks low, whips Cody to ropes, but Cody kicks back! Cody LARIATS with the left arm! And then LARIATS Rollins out of the ring! Rollins tumbles into the steel while Cody grits his teeth and fights through the pain. Cody goes out after Rollins, but Rollins is taking the steps apart! Rollins RAMS Cody down! Rollins stalks Cody, digs fingers into Cody’s face, then puts him in the ring.
Rollins soaks up the heat from the fans and gets Cody’s jacket. Rollins puts the jacket on, continuing to disrespect Cody. Rollins then brings something out from under the ring: a polka dot weight belt with “Visionary” on it! Rollins is taking this to another level as he LASHES Cody with the belt! Rollins soaks up all the heat, but fans do start to sing Rollins’ song for him. Rollins LASHES Cody, then LASHES him again, across the chest! Cover, TWO!! Cody survives but that bruise has to be getting worse. Rollins doesn’t care, he goes looking, and he brings out a table! Chicago’s been wanting that since Moss VS Corbin and here it is!
Rollins puts the table in the ring, bums Cody off buckles, then CLUBS the bad shoulder and digs his boot in! Fans chant, “Thank You, Rollins!” for the table, and Rollins sets it up. Cody hurries over but Rollins throws hands! Cody hits back but that was with his bad arm! Rollins rakes eyes! Cody staggers away but Rollins puts him up on the top rope. Rollins CHOPS Cody, then takes aim at the table. Rollins climbs up, but Cody fights the superplex! Cody throws elbows, gets under Rollins, and even with a bad arm, he lifts Rollins! Rollins fights free, then ROCKS Cody! Rollins turns Cody, DREAM SMASHER ELBOW!
Cody ends up on the table and Rollins makes sure he’s in position. Rollins goes up the corner, FROG SPLASH through the table, BUT NO CODY! Cody gets out of the way just in time and fans fire up for him! Cody gets the spotted belt, and throws it aside. Cody goes looking under the ring, brings out a duffle bag, and finds a BULL ROPE! With a cowbell on it!! Fans are loving this tribute to the American Dream as Cody actually straps himself in! He dares Rollins to use the other end?! Rollins won’t be called out like that, he straps in! This is now part Bull Rope Match! Rollins and Cody tug-o-war, then they rush in! Cody knee slow, then YOINKS Rollins upside-down!
Cody gets Rollins up, has the cowbell, but Rollins kicks low! Rollins has the cowbell, but Cody SUPERKICKS! Cody gets the cowbell back, reels Rollins in and CLOBBERS him! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives having his bell rung! Cody drags Rollins around drags him out of the ring. Rollins kicks low, smacks Cody off the apron, and Cody leans against steel. Rollins goes through the corner and YANKS Cody into the POST! And again! Rollins undoes the strap, he’s done with the bull rope. And now, Rollins gets another table! Fans are fired up again as Rollins puts the table in with Cody. Rollins sets the table up in a corner, and he goes back for Cody.
Rollins drags Cody up, reels him in, gets Cody up, but Cody fights off the bomb! Cody dodges, Rollins stops from hitting table, CROSS RHODES!! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives again but Cody is too hurt to be upset. Cody grits his teeth and gets back up as fans rally. Cody drags Rollins up, reels him in, but the bad arm won’t let him lift Rollins. Cody whips but Rollins stops himself, and he YANKS the bad arm! SUPERKICK! Cody flounders, Rollins gets him up to POWERBOMB through the table!!! Cover, TWO!?!? Cody survives and no one can believe it! “This is Awesome!” and somehow both men are stirring.
Rollins pushes himself up, even with bloody scratches on his arms. Cody has bruises and scrapes on his back now, but Rollins still isn’t done with him. Rollins kicks the toolbox out of the way as he looks deep under the ring. Rollins brings out a SLEDGEHAMMER! Rollins shouts out the Game, and he brings the hammer into the ring! Rollins runs in at Cody, but Cody kicks him first! Rollins kicks back! Tucks the arms, but Cody spins it around! PEDIGREE!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Cody forces himself to stand, he considers his options, and he sees the hammer. Cody hobbles over to the hammer and brings it up.
Fans fire up and Rollins starts to freak out! Cody holds up the hammer, but Rollins is outside the ring. But the cell keeps him from going too far, and Cody stalks Rollins around the way. Rollins gets back in the ring, Cody gets in, CURB STOMP!!! Cover, TWO!?!?! Cody survives and now Rollins is too tired to be shocked! Fans are thunderous and Rollins goes to a corner. Cody stirs, crawls to center, and Rollins runs in, but Cody evades the stomp! But Rollins turns things around, and steals CROSS RHODES! Rollins brings Cody up, but Cody turns it back around, CROSS RHODES!! Both men are down and Chicago is stunned!
Cody sees the hammer again and he crawls that way. But so does Rollins! It’s a race! Cody gets the hammer first! But his bad arm let sit go! Rollins has the hammer, runs in, but into a BOOT! And a CROSS RHODES! Then another CROSS RHODES! Cody can do the hat trick, but he doesn’t want it? He wants the hammer! SLEDGE SHOT!!! Cover, Cody wins!!
Winner: Cody Rhodes, by pinfall
That was one hell of a match! Cody goes 3-0 against Seth Freakin’ Rollins, putting an exclamation point on this final chapter! The American Nightmare survived the Visionary’s devilish playground, is he on his way to the Promised Land that is the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship?
Liv Morgan tells her story.
“I know who I’ve been. The youngest of six children, raised by a single mom.” Liv’s mom, Gigi Daddio, says it was hard. She was working SIXTY hours a week, and most of the time, they were above water. But there were times where it just didn’t work. Liv was a confused kid who couldn’t find her way in life. But ever since she was little, it was always about the WWE. The Rock. Triple H, Jeff Hardy, and more. A dream in Liv’s head she couldn’t articulate, that only she could truly understand, led her to knowing who she is.
Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Becky Lynch VS Asuka VS Alexa Bliss VS Liv Morgan VS Lacey Evans VS Raquel Rodriguez VS Shotzi Blackheart!
Big Time Becks fought for the longest time to get in on this match, but she finally did it last Monday Night Raw! Will her Big Time Comeback carry her to the top? Or will not even the Luck of the Irish defy these one-outta-seven odds?
The bell rings and all seven stare down. Lacey goes out first but soon everyone follows to get a ladder! Raquel and Shotzi brawl, but Asuka and Becky are still in the ring. They brawl, Asuka gets the edge but Becky hits back! Becky ducks a backhand and a lariat to then WRECK Lacey! Becky avoids Asuka’s dropkick but Asuka fights off the Urenage! Asuka fires off kick after kick then she HIP ATTACKS Raquel away! SLIDING KICK for Becky! Liv and Alexa brawl, Shotzi gets a ladder in but Asuka snatches it from her! Becky CLOBBERS Asuka onto the ladder! Becky swaggers while dragging in another ladder.
Shotzi is after Raquel, Raquel smacks Shotzi off the apron. Becky throws the ladder but Asuka avoids being crushed by it! Asuka SMACKS Becky off the ladder, POP-UP KNEES Liv, and Liv falls on the ladder. Asuka goes after Raquel but Raquel BOOTS her down! Raquel sees the ladder, and deadlifts it, with Liv and Becky on it, to then SLAM them both down! Lacey gets in but Raquel BOOTS her away. Alexa runs in but Raquel WRECKS her with the ladder! Raquel holds the ladder up, but Becky avoids it slamming down on her! Becky SOBATS, Liv KICKS, and they work together to kick Raquel! But Raquel blocks their double suplex to double suplex them ON the ladder!!
Fans are thunderous as Ricky Desperado clears the ring and gets another ladder. Shotzi grabs it, too, but Raquel uses the ladder to drag Shotzi in! Alexa gets in, Raquel elbows her away, Shotzi avoids the battering ram! Shotzi leaps to CROSSBODY Alexa! Raquel brings the ladder back around but Shotzi grabs it. They tug-o-war but Asuka and Lacey join in> Three against one, they RAM Raquel into a corner! Shotzi then elbows Asuka, DECKS Lacey, nd runs up the ladder. She stumbles a moment but gets back up to DDT Raquel into the rungs! Liv copies Shotzi to SHOTGUN her away! Lacey CLOBBERS Liv onto the ladder! SWINGING BRONCO BUSTER on the ladder!
Asuka HIP ATTACKS Lacey onto it! Becky SHOTGUNS Asuka onto the pile, and goes up to drop the MAN’S LEG on everyone! Raquel is still stuck, Alexa goes up to CANNONBALL onto everyone else! Fans are thunderous while all seven women are down! “This is Awesome!” as Alexa gets up, stands a ladder up, and starts to climb. Raquel hurries after, the tallest woman after the shortest! Alexa fights free to KICK away on Raquel, SLAP, ROCK and KNEE, then tilt-o-whirl RANA into a ladder! Fans fire up again as Alexa traps Raquel with one of the other ladders. Asuka returns, Alexa ducks a kick but misses her haymaker, Asuka GERMAN SUPLEXES!
Asuka snarls, Shotzi kicks her low and reels her in! But Asuka blocks the suplex, turns it around, but Shotzi blocks! Asuka HIP TOSSES Shotzi onto the ladder! Raquel gets sandwiched between ladder and buckles, too! Asuka goes to the standing ladder, but Lacey SMACKS her off rungs! Lacey climbs, but Asuka stays on the ladder. They fight, but Becky shoves the ladder over! Asuka and Lacey go after Becky together, but Lacey ducks a back hand. Asuka avoids a sweep, Lacey avoids one back, and Lacey CLOBBERS Becky with the uppercut! Lacey drop toeholds Becky against a ladder! Becky bails out and Lacey works on standing the main ladder back up.
Fans are torn as Lacey takes her time, but Shotzi drags her down! Shotzi hurries up, but Lacey stops Shotzi! Lacey goes up again but Shotzi drags her back down. Shotzi dribbles Lacey off the mat, goes back up, but Lacey hurries up the other side. They meet at the top, throw hands, and Lacey SMACKS Shotzi off the top! Lacey smiles as she sees the prize, has the hook, but Raquel gets up and under her! Raquel and Lacey paw at the case, but Liv is there to fire off haymakers on them both! Liv climbs on top of Raquel, has the case, but Raquel throws body shots! Liv sunset flip POWERBOMBS LACEY! Raquel is still on the rungs, and she sees the prize!
Fans lose their minds over Liv and Lacey while Shotzi drags Raquel through a rung! Raquel is stuck in a Tree of Woe! Shotzi CHOPS her, climbs over her, and STOMPS her down! Raquel flops out of the rungs, but Alexa is climbing! Shotzi Electric Chair Lifts Alexa to SMACK her into the ladder! The ladder falls over and Alexa flops out of the ring. Shotzi resets the ladder as best she can, climbs up, but Becky stops her! They fight up top, Becky SMACKS Shotzi off the rungs and Shotzi falls! Becky repositions the ladder to be right under the case, and climbs again. But Shotzi YANKS Becky right off! Shotzi snarls and gets another ladder involved.
Shotzi SMACKS Becky off that other ladder, then sets her on it. Shotzi climbs, for the SUPER SENTON onto only the ladder!! Becky avoided disaster, but Asuka ROUNDHOUSES Becky down! Asuka climbs, but Raquel drags her back down. Raquel CLUBS Asuka, climbs up, but Asuka drags her back down. They brawl, tip the ladder over, and then Raquel throws Asuka out. But Asuka drags Raquel out of the ring! Raquel CLOBBERS Asuka! Raquel grabs a ladder, then clears off the desk! Raquel makes a ladder bridge between ring and desk, then clears some space. Asuka attacks back! But Raquel SMACKS Asuka off the desk!
Raquel climbs up, deadlifts Asuka up to join her, but Asuka fights free! SOBAT! ROUND- NO, Raquel blocks the kick! Asuka fights free of the bomb to LEAP, FLYING ARMBAR!! Asuka has Raquel down in a TRIANGLE HOLD! But Raquel deadlifts again! Asuka lets go, tilt-o-whirls, but Raquel fights the crucifix. It’s an IRON OCTOPUS instead! Becky BOOTS Raquel and Asuka! Asuka is on the ladder, Becky DECKS Raquel, and then she looks to an even taller ladder! Fans fire up as Becky grins and brings that ladder over. Becky climbs up high, to drop THE MAN’S LEG!! Both women fall off the ladder bridge and fans lose their minds again!
Asuka and Becky are down, “This is Awesome!” and Shotzi finds her way back into the ring! She drags a ladder in but Alexa and Lacey join her. Raquel gets in, everyone has a ladder, but Alexa SMACKS Raquel with hers. Lacey and Shotzi set theirs up side by side but Lacey throws Shotzi down. And Alexa! But they go after Lacey! Raquel climbs, the others pursue, they all brawl up top! Becky sneaks in to tip a ladder, Shotzi and Raquel get hung out to dry! Then the same for Alexa and Lacey on the other end! Becky climbs and fans go nuts! But here comes Liv! Becky kicks her away so Liv hurries to get one of the other ladders!
Liv climbs that ladder just to go after Becky! But Becky tops Liv! Liv bounces off ropes to tip back! Liv BOOTS Becky, climbs up and reaches! LIV WINS!!
Winner: Liv Morgan (2022 Ms. Money in the Bank)
The fans are thunderous for this huge moment! Liv overcame the doubters and the haters, and now she has the golden ticket! Will she go on to be a new Women’s Champion? As for Becky, she’s having a Big Time MELTDOWN! Is the comeback done?
And then, two hours later…
SmackDown Women’s Championship Cash-In: Ronda Rousey VS Liv Morgan!
Ronda says screw it, it’s on! The bell rings, Liv kicks, but into an ANKLE LOCK!! Liv flails, scrambles, but Ronda loses grip! Ronda hurries to get the foot back, ANKLE LOCK! Liv reaches, Ronda drags her away from ropes, but Liv kicks the bad leg!! Roll-up, LIV WINS!!
Winner: Liv Morgan, by pinfall (NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion)
HOLY CRAP! From Ms. MITB to NEW champion! Ronda admits defeat, and even shows respect to the savvy of Liv Morgan. The world celebrates with Liv finally grabbing gold in the WWE, will we all #WatchHer reign?
Our hosts respond.
Liv Morgan has entered the chat! Jackie says they watched the culmination of a childhood dream. Take us back to that night. Liv says MITB was by far the most incredible night of her entire life. It filled her with a feeling she can’t put into words. She watched the crowd as long as she could to soak in that feeling. Her heart was beating out of her chest, it was such a crazy moment. Corey notes encountering Liv in the casino later that night, he had never seen a superstar that excited. Title on her shoulder, a crowd following her, she was the Pied Piper. She remembers that. She walked back to her hotel room, watched it all back, and did her best to remember making her dream come true.
Jackie says that was definitely a huge moment, but how does she reach that next level? Liv is happy that she’s not complacent. The best is yet to come because she will continue to evolve and grow and get better and better. The world is her oyster, she’s coming for it all! Well, as great as 2022 was, it wasn’t without its speedbumps. And of course, Corey is talking about the Baddest Woman on the Planet, Ronda Rousey. How did Ronda make Liv evolve? Well, little loveable Liv against this “pure fighting machine,” she had to give it her all. She knows many didn’t think she could pull it off, but she did, twice!
Liv says something triggered or snapped in her, she just knew what she had to do. So then will we see her getting even more extreme? Oh, yes! 2023 will be about raising the stakes! She likes the pain, it makes her feel alive. Especially after losing the title back to Ronda, she was a bit numb. But then she realized that this excitement, this adrenaline rush, she wanted to see how far she could go with it. Now she just has fun and experiment and figure out ways how to hurt people and maybe herself. It’s a risk she’s willing to take. Well there’s some holiday cheer for you.
Corey is excited to see the new Liv, and no better night than Extreme Rules, Liv VS Ronda IN Extreme Rules! Liv already facepalms, knowing how this one goes.
SmackDown Women’s Championship Extreme Rules Match: Liv Morgan VS Ronda Rousey!
The LIVing Embodiment went from Ms. Money in the Bank to the NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion in the same night, then found a way to survive the Baddest Woman on the Planet at SummerSlam. But now that they both decided to take this to the extreme, Ronda vows “Hooters Barbie” is finally going to face reality. Will tonight be the funeral of Liv’s reign? Or will she live to fight another day?
The introductions are made, the title is raised, and we see if Liv keeps her title, or if Ronda keeps her title of “Baddest Woman on the Planet.”
The bell rings and the two approach. Liv dodges and goes for her baseball bat, but Ronda keeps her away. Ronda dares Liv to try it, Liv runs in but Ronda knees her down! Ronda puts on a leglock and straitjacket! She toys with Liv but Liv pulls hair! Ronda gest a Triangle, Liv makes it a cover, ONE as Ronda lets her go! Liv gets the bat! Liv dares Ronda to try something now. Liv swings, Ronda blocks to SAYANAGI! Now Ronda has the bat! Fans boo as Ronda taunts Liv, but then Ronda throws the bat away. Liv fires off hands, Ronda shoves her way, but Liv comes back for a FLYING- KNEE from Ronda!
Ronda gets a leg for an ANKLE LOCK! Liv flails, reaches out, rolls, and she sends Ronda tumbling to the apron. Liv hurries up to SHINING WIZARD Ronda down! Ronda staggers on the floor but Liv builds speed, to slide, into an apron skirt trap! Ronda fires off fists and knees! Liv eggs Ronda on so Ronda SLAPS her! Ronda taunts Liv, Liv flops under the ring, and Ronda grabs the bat! Ronda goes back to find Liv, but Liv has a FIRE EXTINGUISHER! Liv blasts Ronda in the face, then gets Ronda for a bat-assisted- NO, Ronda fights out to a PIPER’S PIT! Liv steadies herself, runs and leaps off the steps, into a HOMER from Ronda!!
Ronda beats Liv with her own bat! Liv gets in the ring, Ronda stalks after her, and Ronda swings! Liv ducks to ENZIGURI! Both women are down and Philly rallies up! Liv crawls and she gets her bat back! Fans chant “WE WANT TABLES!” but that might have to wait as Liv swings away on Ronda’s back! Ronda throws her gi at Liv, then she LASHES Liv with the blackbelt! Then Ronda uses the belt to tie Liv up to the corner! Ronda has Liv trapped, she grabs the bat and she CRACKS away on Liv’s legs! Liv gets free to YANK Ronda into the apron! Both women are down again and fans fire up!
Liv drags herself up and brings out a TABLE! Philly loves Liv even more now as she stands that up against the ring. Ronda crawls into the ring just as Liv gets the table inside. Liv stomps away on Ronda in the corner, then sets up the table. Ronda storms up and SMACKS Liv off the table! And again and again and again! Ronda throws Liv away, then step-up KNEES her down! Liv flounders against ropes, Ronda CHOKES her! Fans boo as Ronda dares Liv to tap. Ronda shifts to a HANGING ARMBAR! Liv endures, slumps out and they both fall to the floor! Both women slowly rise, Ronda mule kicks Liv away!
Ronda flounders against barriers, she stalks Liv, but Liv JAMS her with a chair! Liv gets in the ring, she wedges the chair into a corner, but Ronda pursues. Liv brings Ronda up but Ronda whips. Liv stops herself, the chair falls out of the ring, Ronda scoops but Liv slips off! WING CLIPPER! Liv sets Ronda up again, another WING CLIPPER, and then she POSTS Ronda! Cover, TWO!! Ronda is still in this but Liv snarls. Liv goes out and brings the chair back into play. Fans rally behind Liv and she SMACKS Ronda on the arm! And again! And again! Ronda guards but Liv won’t stop! Liv then tosses the chair to CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO!!
Ronda is still in this and Liv is beside herself. Fans rally up and Liv goes back to the table. Liv moves it from the corner to stand it up. Liv KICKS Ronda in the back, finishes standing the table up, and she positions it in the drop zone. Liv drags Ronda up, puts her on the table, CHOPS her and then goes to the corner. Liv wants to do like she did to Lacey Evans and she climbs up top! Fans are thunderous as Liv aims, for a SUPER SENTON through the table!! Cover, TWO!!! Ronda survive again and then gets the ARMBAR!! Liv endures, fights to stack Ronda, and then she deadlifts Ronda! To POWERBOMB her on what’s left of the table! Cover, TWO!!
Ronda has the TRIANGLE HOLD! Liv fights, this is turning into SummerSlam, but Ronda twists around to keep her shoulders up! Ronda works to isolate an arm, and she’s kicking Liv at the same time! Liv stays up, it’s a BICEP SLICER! Liv is fading out as Ronda uses part of the table!! Liv… is smiling?! Liv’s OUT, Ronda wins!!
Winner: Ronda Rousey, by submission (NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion)
Liv didn’t give up, but her body did! Ronda takes the title back, will she be badder than ever? Or does Liv still have claim that she’s just as bad?
Our hosts respond.
Jackie says that, just as Liv said, that lost has transformed Liv. She seems to embrace the pain and danger. Corey agrees, and that is a very good thing. In this business, you need to continually grow and evolve in order to survive and find success. That is not only Liv’s new attitude, but by another new group, in the Judgment Day.
Finn Balor, Damian Priest, Rhea Ripley & Dominik Mysterio do what they want, when they want. They usurped this group from the Rated R Superstar, Edge, claiming he was just holding them back from their success. They brutalized Edge, they brutalized Rey Mysterio, they brutalized Beth Phoenix, because they aren’t afraid of anyone. The darkness corrupted Dominik as Rhea “made him into a man.” He calls the Judgment Day his REAL family, and now it seems no one can stop them. “The future of this business will be decided by the Judgment Day!”
The Absolute Best returns!
Corey Graves says Austin Theory is no longer the next big this or the next big that, he is the WWE United States Champion and the NOW of the WWE. Jackie says next Monday, Theory defends that title, but it was a winding road to find the challenger. Corey says there were twists and turns, and just a couple weeks ago, we had a #1 contender’s match between Seth Rollins and Bobby Lashley. But before more on that, Corey would like to give us a deep dive on Lashley. 2022 was the Year of The All Mighty, with Lashley defeating Brock Lesnar in a WWE World Championship match at the Royal Rumble. Lashley “took on the Herculean task” and defeated Omos at WrestleMania.
Then Lashley wins the US Championship off Theory at Money in the Bank. Lashley brought prominence back to that title and make it THE title on Raw. Only for Lesnar to send it all crumbling down. The Beast beat down Lashley before he was to defend the US title, thereby costing him. And then while Lashley dominated Lesnar in their match at Crown Jewel, Lesnar snatches away a victory. This has all understandably left Lashley irate. And that short fuse went off a couple weeks ago against Seth Rollins in their contender’s match.
WWE United States Championship #1 Contender’s Match: Seth Rollins VS Bobby Lashley!
The Visionary and the All Mighty have gone around a few times already in regards to the US Championship. But after Theory got a little lucky at Survivor Series, these two must now fight to be Theory’s challenger! Will Rollins #BurnItDown in Milwaukee? Or will the Rocky Mountain Machine keep his mind clear and eyes focused on the mission?
Raw returns as Rollins makes his entrance. The fans sing “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” even before the bell. The bell rings, Rollins enjoys the singing but Lashley CLOBBERS him! Lashley brings Rollins up to bump off buckles and fire off haymakers! The ref counts, Lashley stomps but lets off at 4. Fans rally for Rollins and he fires forearms back! Rollins runs but Lashley runs him over! Rollins staggers up but Lashley clotheslines him out! Rollins stagger sup, Lashley storms out after him and RAMS him into barriers! Fans rally, Lashley hauls Rollins up to a fireman’s carry, but Rollins fights free to POST Lashley first!
Rollins climbs to the apron, gets some space, and he leaps to FLYING KNEE Lashley down! Milwaukee fires up and sings, “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~” as Rollins brings Lashley up. Rollins puts Lashley in, taunts him, and says, “I told you Lesnar was stronger than you.” Rollins kicks, underhooks, but Lashley back drops Rollins out of the ring! Lashley then goes out after Rollins while Theory is seen watching backstage. Lashley SMACKS Rollins off the steel steps, and he drags Rollins up again. Lashley SMACKS Rollins off the steps again, then again! Theory smirks as Lashley pulls the steel steps apart! Lashley aims at Rollins, but the ref tells him no!
Lashley drops the steps, but Rollins comes back! Lashley TOSSES Rollins into the crowd! Fans fire up as Lashley pursues and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Lashley has Rollins in a corner. Lashley RAMS into Rollins, brings him out and puts him in another corner to RAM him again and again. Then Lashley hits a NECKBREAKER! Lashley drags Rollins up, suplexes, and fans fire up as he hold Rollins up! Lashley SLAMS Rollins down after ten, then covers, TWO! Lashley drags Rollins back up, puts him back in a corner and then puts him up top. Fans rally, Lashley ROCKS Rollins, and then Lashley climbs up. Lashley stands Rollins up but Rollins throws body shots. Rollins BITES Lashley’s forehead! The ref reprimands but Rollins shoves Lashley away!
Rollins CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Lashley swings, misses, and Rollins PELES! Both men are down and fans fire up again. Lashley and Rollins slowly stand up and fans sing “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” Lashley runs in but Rollins dumps him out! Rollins builds speed to DIV! Direct hit and Lashley is sent into barriers! But Rollins keeps moving, he DIVES again! Another hit into the barriers! Rollins keeps moving, but he has to dodge Lashley! SUPERKICK! Rollins suplexes Lashley but Lashley blocks! Lashley suplexes but Rollins knees free! Rollins suplexes for the FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!
Both men are down again and fans rally back up. Rollins sits up first as the fans sing “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” Lashley bails out but Rollins keeps his eyes on him. Rollins goes out the side, runs in around the way, but Lashley fireman’s carries! Lashley POSTS Rollins! Fans fire up as Lashley drags Rollins back into the ring. Lashley aims at Rollins, runs in at the corner, but Rollins jumps! Lashley hits buckles, Rollins rolls him up, TWO! SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Lashley survives but Rollins hurries up top! Fans fire up for the FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Lashley survives and Rollins is beside himself!
Fans rally up again as Rollins aims from a corner. Rollins runs in, CURB- NO, Lashley just braces himself to stay up! Lashley scoops Rollins, for a POWERSLAM! Rollins staggers, into the HURT LOCK!! Rollins flails, pushes Lashley back, the ref falls out of the ring as he gets out of the way! Lashley lets Rollins go, and he SPEARS Rollins down! The ref hurries in to count the cover, TWO!!! The delay may have just saved Rollins! Lashley is furious but the ref explains about the bad leg! Lashley just aims again, Rollins stands up, and Lashley runs in! SPEAR becomes PEDIGREE!! Cover, Rollins wins!!
Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the WWE United States Champion)
Lashley gets up and is furious with the ref all over again! He doesn’t let the ref leave, another erf runs in, but Lashley DECKS him! Lashley’s temper gets the better of him and Pearce runs out to get in Lashley’s face about it. Didn’t they talk about this last week? Lashley says he made a mistake, but Pearce says his hands are tied now. But then Lashley SHOVES Pearce aside!! Pearce is furious now, he says some things that get censored, and he says LASHLEY IS FIRED?!?! Fans sing, “Nana na na, hey hey hey! Good-bye~!” The All Mighty, gone from the WWE? What is he to do now?
Raw has an update on the Bobby Lashley situation.
Per the office of Adam Pearce, “Lashley’s termination has been rescinded, and it’s not a matter of if but when Bobby comes back to work.” Then when and where will the WWE allow The All Mighty to return to Raw? And who will be United States Champion when that happens?
The Absolute Best returns one more time.
Jackie says this final moment is actually her favorite of the entire year. Roman Reigns VS Logan Paul, at Crown Jewel, for the Undisputed Universal Championship. And we all know this match has one moment in particular that went viral that she might not even be doing justice. But the whole thing was just the series of the unexpected and amazing. Corey agrees, and after seeing his impressive performances at WrestleMania and SummerSlam, Logan proved he could hang with the best. But to go blow for blow with THE best in Roman Reigns, in just his THIRD match, no one saw that coming.
Undisputed WWE Universal Championship: Roman Reigns w/ The Bloodline VS Logan Paul w/ Jake Paul!
A career defining two years goes up against a career of only two matches. But the ImPAULsive Influencer has done more with that than just about anyone. He also has a heavy right hand thanks to metal pins inside it. Will that be all Logan Paul needs to completely flip the WWE upside-down? Or will Logan’s confidence come crumbling down the moment he steps onto the Island of Relevancy?
Roman of course takes his time, raising the belts at the ramp for the pyro. Roman and Heyman then go to the ring, and Roman raises the belts again for more pyro. The introductions are made, the belts are raised once more, and we see who is ACKNOWLEDGED in the end!
The bell rings and fans fire up as Logan stares down with Roman. They circle slowly, fans duel, but most are on Roman’s side. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but Roman shoves Logan away. Roman grins and raises the finger. Fans are torn and that upsets Roman. Logan and Roman circle again, tie up and are in another deadlock. They go around, Logan manages to push Roman back but Roman turns it to put Logan in a corner. The ref calls the break as both men push at each other. Logan gets in Roman’s face, Roman shoves Logan, but Logan shoves back! Fans rally up, Roman and Logan circle again, and Roman is getting riled up by the fans.
Roman storms up, he waistlocks, but Logan switches. Logan hits a SLAM! Logan holds on, but Roman switches back to SLAM Logan! Logan staggers up, Roman waistlocks again, but Logan shifts to fireman’s carry takeover! Logan is outwrestling Roman, but Roman DECKS Logan with an uppercut! Fans are torn as Longa stands. Roman dodges the haymaker and slips out of the ring. Is Roman worried about that metal loaded hand? Heyman cools Roman off, and Roman takes a stroll around the way. Roman gets a drink of water, swaggers and smiles, and he takes time to high-five some fans. Roman then goes back to the ring and he wants the fans to hush a bit.
Roman and Logan reset, Logan tells Roman to stop running away. Logan and Roman circle, tie up, and Roman gets a clinch! Roman puts Logan in a corner, Logan fights but the ref calls the ropebreak. Roman gets a cheap body shot in! Roman whips and elbows Logan down! Roman paces around, toying with Logan now. Roman drags Logan up, snap suplexes and covers, ONE!! Roman grins but he might be taking Logan easy here. Logan stands, Roman CLUBS him down. Fans rally and duel but Roman is confused. Roman brings Logan up to back suplex, but Logan lands on his feet! Logan throws body shots! Roman headlocks, Logan powers out but Roman runs him over!
Things speed up, Logan leap frogs and hip tosses Roman down! Roman is shocked, but Logan runs in to clothesline Roman out! Logan fires up and Heyman is shocked! Roman is still steadying himself but Logan goes out after him! Logan runs in, into a kick from Roman! Roman whips Logan over the barriers! Logan is in the timekeeper’s area and Roman grins. Roman raises the finger, #HeTheOne, but then he turns around into a CROSSBODY! Logan evens things with agility, and he drags Roman up and into the ring. Heyman is worried as Logan aims from the apron. Logan slingshots to LARIAT! Cover, TWO!!
Roman survives Logan’s Buckshot and gets to a corner. Logan goes to the other, he runs in corner to corner, but Roman puts him on the apron. Logan HOTSHOTS Roman back! Logan jumps right up, springboards, into an UPPERCUT! Roman takes Logan out of the sky but Roman is down as he sputters. Heyman shouts, “Rise up, My Tribal Chief! You are the Head of the Table! You are the Greatest of All Time!” Fans rally up as both men slowly rise. Roman stands while Logan crawls, and Roman stomps Logan down. Roman stomps Logan again, fans sing and chant but Roman wants them to quiet down.
Roman stomps Logan around more, drags Logan up and gets around to a BIG back suplex! Roman drags Logan from the ropes to then cover, ONE!! Logan is still hanging tough and Roman is almost amused. Roman mocks the fans cheering Logan on and then he clamps on a chinlock. Logan endures but Roman squeezes tight. Logan fights, fans rally, but Roman says, “I got him, I got him.” Roman leans on the hold and he grinds Logan down. Logan still fights and gets up to his feet. Logan throws body shots! Roman throws Logan into the corner! Roman fires off the point-blank lariats! Roman goes all the way to TEN, then runs side to side, to LEAPING LARIAT! Cover, ONE?!?
Roman can’t believe Logan is still kicking out that early. “This is Awesome!” as Roman stands up again. Roman looms over Logan, drags him up, and CLUBS him down. Roman smirks and brings Logan up into a camel clutch! Logan endures, gets one arm free but Roman keeps the other. Roman says he’s gonna put an end to this. “Ain’t no more YouTubers coming over here anymore.” Logan moves around, fights up, but Roman shifts to a chinlock. Logan throws body shots but Roman CLUBS him! Roman catches his breath, whips corner to corner, then he runs in. Logan dodges and Roman hits buckles! Logan gut wrench SLAMS Roman!
Both men are down again and Heyman can’t believe it! Fans rally up again as both men stir. Logan and Roman sit up, they head for each other, and Logan throws body shots! Roman swings, misses, and Logan LARIATS! And then throws an elbow! Roman staggers, into a scoop! But Roman fights free, shoves Logan to a corner, but Logan elbows back! Logan goes up, leaps, BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Roman is still in this and Heyman breathes easier. Roman rolls away to a corner, but Logan stands up and gets his legs moving. Logan storms over, but Roman kicks low! Roman powers Logan around to whip, but Logan SUPERMAN PUNCHES!!
Both men are down as Logan hits Roman with one of his own moves! Heyman is panicking again and he coaches Roman. But Logan kips up! Logan fires up, paces around, and he goes to a corner! Fans are thunderous as Roman stands, and Logan leaps, CROSSBODY! Then a STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Roman survives again and Heyman is stunned! Logan is still confident, he feels it coming. Logan claps and some fans join in. The rest boo but Logan tunes up the band! He was trained by HBK, here’s one for Shawn! SWEET CHIN- NO, Roman blocks, reels Logan in, URENAGE!! Cover, TWO!!!
Logan survives Roman’s take on The Rock Bottom! Roman and Logan are both down, Heyman is speechless but the fans rally up again. Roman goes to a corner and raises his hand. But Logan stands, too! Roman locks ‘n’ loads, but Logan dodges to counter punch! BIG HAYMAKER!! Roman staggers, Heyman freaks out, SUPERMAN PUNCH FROM LOGAN!! Cover, TWO!!! Roman survives that “lucky” punch again! Roman checks if his jaw is still there, and he manages to get to the apron. Logan grabs at Roman but Roman flops to the floor. Logan goes out after Roman, and he clears off the announce desk!
Fans fire up as Logan drags Roman up and puts him on the desk. Logan then high-fives his boys at ringside, and he films Roman with a smartphone. Logan goes up into the ring, he films the fans as they fire up, and Logan climbs up the corner. VLOGGING FROG SPLASH THROUGH THE TABLE!!! Fans lose their minds as Logan and Roman are down in the wreckage! The Usos rush out to check on Roman, and then talk trash on Logan’s boys. Logan’s boys talk trash back but get dragged into ringside! The Usos mug the entourage, and then RAM them into barriers! They put one in the ring, and Jey SUPERKICKS him down!
Jimmy puts the other in the ring, Jey drags him around and then feeds him, to a SUPERKICK from Jimmy! The entourage is dumped out and the ref reprimands, but here comes JAKE! Logan’s brother promised to be here to back him up and here he is! Jake storms right to the ring, the Usos dare him to do something. Jake DECKS Jey! He dodges Jimmy and DECKS him! Jake fires up, locks ‘n’ loads his own fist, and he shouts to Logan. Logan gets up, puts Roman in the ring, and the brothers high five. Logan goes up the corner, to FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!!! Roman survives again! Jake argues the count but that was still not enough!
Fans rally and duel as Logan crawls after Roman. But here comes SOLO! The Paul Brothers forgot there was one more brother from the Bloodline! Solo storms down to the ring and Jake stands in his way. Jake loads up, but the rest of the refs show up to stop this. Even Adam Pearce and the officials stop this! But the Usos lurk up on Jake! Logan FLIES to take out the Usos! Jake helps Logan up and Jake watches everyone else. Logan hurries back in, but Roman SUPERMAN PUNCHES Logan!! Roman goes to the corner, “OOOAH~!” SPEAR!!! Cover, Roman wins!!
Winner: Roman Reigns, by pinfall (still Undisputed WWE Universal Champion)
Logan Paul came the closest anyone, and certainly anyone with only three matches in his WWE career, has ever come! But the numbers game continues to be in the Tribal Chief’s favor as his cousins beat Logan’s boys. The reign continues, will Roman reach historic heights with his Bloodline always behind him?
Our hosts respond.
A stunning performance from Logan Paul, but still your reigning, defending, undisputed WWE Universal Champion, the Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns. And that is it. That is THE Absolute Best of 2022! The exclamation point of Raw! But will Roman and his Honorary Uce be able to thwart the returning John Cena and the persistent Prizefighter? Or will we have one last stunning moment in 2022?
While this was a three hour clip show, this was still a really good clip show because those were all great choices to talk about. Now, while I made sure to copy and paste the entirety of every match they referenced, they of course did not play the entirety of every match because that would actually be more than three hours, with no room for talking. I was not going to short change anyone reading these articles, and also I didn’t wanna sit here and pay attention to when they took breaks and what they edited out.
I did appreciate that we got to hear from some of the big names, especially Cody. Cody definitely implied he wants after the top title, but at this rate, he’ll have to win the Royal Rumble. No idea how they’ll do it, but people keep talking about separating the titles so maybe Cody only gets the world title belt. And great to hear Liv put her character development into perspective. This is a new wild and crazy Liv who likes the pain and the thrill. We’ve seen that come out even in her tag match against Damage CTRL, and I’m sure we’ll see more and more of that as the feud continues. She might even bring that out against Xia Li should she get her chance to avenge that screw job.
My Score: 8/10
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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (5/31/23)
The hand has been dealt!
Why, Konosuke, Why?
Another Double or Nothing in the books, and after their betrayal of The Elite, we hear from Don Callis and Konosuke Takeshita!
- Six Man Tag: The Blackpool Combat Club VS The Lucha Brothers & Bandido; The BCC wins.
- Triple Threat: Swerve Strickland VS “Big Bill” Morrissey VS Trent Beretta; Swerve wins.
- Orange Cassidy & Darby Allin VS The Gates of Agony w/ Prince Nana; Darby & Cassidy win.
- AEW TBS Championship: Kris Statlander VS Nyla Rose; Kris wins and retains the title.
- Mixed Tag: Chris Jericho & Saraya VS Adam Cole & Britt Baker; Cole & Britt win.
PLAY BY PLAY
Six Man Tag: The Blackpool Combat Club VS The Lucha Brothers & Bandido!
Jon Moxley, Claudio Castagnoli & Wheeler Yuta, along with Bryan Danielson, were victorious at Double or Nothing in Anarchy in the Arena II, but they had some help at the end. We’ll hear from dirty Don and turncoat Takeshita later, because right now, the BCC want to unleash #DeathJitsu on the ROH World Tag Team Champions & The Most Wanted! Will the Maniac, the Swiss Superman and the Decoder prove they’re ready for more violence?
Fans are fired up for the Lucha Bros & Bandido but the BCC isn’t amused. The trios sort out but then everyone starts shoving. Then they start brawling! The ref reprimands but the BCC have the luchadores on the ropes. They triple whip but the luchadores all reverse to TRIPLE SUPERKICK! Fans fire up with “CERO! MIEDO!” The luchadores build speed and TRIPLE DIVE into forearms and lariats! Moxley drags Penta out to the floor to throw him at the timekeeper’s area! Wheeler RAMS Bandido into steel steps! Claudio SNAKE EYES Fenix off the railing, then tosses him OVER the railing! Then he goes out after him in the crowd!
Moxley has an ANKLE LOCK on Penta, while Yuta throws Bandido into railing! And then more railing! The ref reprimands, but Moxley runs in, only for Penta to toss him into the crowd! Yuta puts Bandido in the ring, the bell finally sounds, and this is finally a match. Fans cheer as Yuta stomps Bandido and Claudio TOSSES Fenix back to ringside. Yuta drags Bandido up but Bandido throws body shots. Bandido clotheslines in the corner, whips him corner to corner, but Yuta goes up and over. Bandido runs back in but into a scoop SLAM! And Claudio clotheslines Fenix back up and over the railing!
Yuta SENTONS on Bandido, covers, TWO! Yuta scowls but Bryan is at least impressed with Yuta using a “fundamentally sound” cover. Yuta drags Bandido up, suplexes, but Bandido blocks! Fans rally up, Bandido suplexes Yuta! And holds him up! Uno! Dos! Tress! But then Mox rushes in! Fenix SUPERKICKS him first! Penta sees Claudio and SUPERKICKS him first! Then they SUPERKICK again! Bandido goes past TWENTY, and then the Lucha Brothers each grab Moxley and Claudio to hammerlock arms. DOUBLE SACRIFICE ARMBARS!! Bandido makes it to THIRTY but he isn’t done!!
Bandido makes it to FORTY, and then FIFTY!! Yuta’s head is almost as red as Bandido’s outfit as we get to SIXTY, and the SLAM!! Cover, TWO!?! Yuta survives and Bryan is proud of his student again. But tag to Penta, Fenix goes up, “CERO! MIEDO!” But Yuta slips free, only for Penta to SUPERKICK! TIGHTROPE WALK KICK! But Moxley CUTTERS Penta! Fenix SCREW HIGH KICKS Mox, but Claudio CLOBBERS Fenix! Penta SUPERKICKS, whips, Claudio reverses but Penta goes up and over, BACKSTABBER!! Fans are thunderous and Bryan has to admit, the lucha trio is incredible.
Penta crawls, as does Yuta, hot tag to Bandido! He HOTSHOTS Yuta, springboards but Yuta moves! Bandido FLOPS, then distracts the ref! Claudio & Moxley drag Bandido out to ASSISTED PILEDRIVER to the floor!! Bryan loves it while fans boo, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Yuta snap suplexes Bandido up and over, then drags Bandido back up. He fists bumps Claudio, puts Bandido in the ring, then tags Moxley. Moxley keeps Bandido from the corner with a facelock, but fans rally up. Bandido fights to his feet, only for Moxley to HALF HATCH! Moxley then tags Claudio in, they stomps Bandido, then Claudio grabs an arm to grind it down. Bandido endures, fights to the ROPEBREAK, but Claudio brings him up. Bandido throws body shots but Claudio chinbars to keep him from the corner. Claudio whips and CLOBBERS Bandido, then flexes. Tag to Moxley and the BCC stomp Bandido again.
Moxley gets the legs to stomp Bandido int he stomach. Moxley then turns Bandido with a HALF CRAB! Bandido reaches out, Yuta tries to keep the rope from him but the ref reprimands. Fans rally up, Bandido gets the ROPEBREAK! Moxley lets go to bring Bandido up and he throws knee after knee. Moxley whips, Bandido sunset flips, but Moxley rolls through to KNEE Bandido down! Cover, TWO, but Moxley gets the arms for DRAGON STOMPS! Moxley drags Bandido to a cover, TWO! Moxley grabs an arm to hammerlock it and grind Bandido down. Bandido endures while Dynamite returns to single picture.
Fans rally but Moxley chinbars Bandido into a chinlock. Bandido still endures, but Moxley wraps Bandido arms around for a straitjacket stretch. Bandido still fights up and JAWBREAKERS free! Moxley runs in to clothesline at the corner! And again! Moxley talks trash on Bandido, whips him corner to corner, but Bandido BOOTS him! And UPPERCUTS! And goes up top for a TORNILLO! Direct hit and fans are thunderous! Both Bandido and Moxley crawl, hot tags to Claudio and Fenix! Fenix waistlocks, Claudio fights it and elbows free to then whip. Fenix ducks ‘n’ dodges, tiger feint rewind but Claudio dodges the heel kick!
Fenix still SUPERKICKS! Yuta runs in to BOOT Fenix! Fans foo, but Yuta runs in and only gets the buckles! JUMP SOBAT! Snapmare and tag to Penta! UNO, DOS, TRES! DOUBLE SUPERKICKS!! Claudio returns, Penta dodges and SLINGBLADES! Penta goes to a corner, Claudio runs in but Penta pops him up into a headstand, to SUPERKICK him down! Penta then uses Claudio to victory roll and jump, DDT for Moxley! Claudio LARIATS in return!! Fans fire up again as Claudio stirs. Claudio drags Penta back but Penta kicks him away. Hot tags to Yuta and Bandido! Yuta and Bandido fire forearms back and forth!
The fans are on Bandido’s side but Yuta ROCKS him! Yuta eggs Bandido on, and the forearms go back and forth again! Bryan says Yuta’s technique is the advantage, but Bandido starts using speed! The forearms keep going and the fans fire up! Yuta BITES Bandido’s forehead! Yuta runs, into a DROPKICK! Bandido throws off the shirt and fans are thunderous again! Bandido whips, pops Yuta up, CUTTER!! Bandido goes up, the Lucha Brothers get in. “CERO! MIEDO!” The Lucha Brothers DOUBLE TOPE to take out Mox & Claudio! FROG SPLASH for Bandido! Cover, TWO!!! Bryan says this is what he was talking about!
Fans boo but Bandido drags Yuta up to gut wrench and Canadian Rack. Torture rack to KNEE STRIKE! Bandido has Yuta on the ropes, he runs, but Moxley anchors Yuta out of the 21 Plex! The ref reprimands, Penta ENZIGURIS Moxley! Yuta sends Bandido to ropes, Claudio UPPERCUTS Bandido! Yuta BUSAIKU KNEES, to the HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS!!! Bryan calls ever shot, and then Yuta shifts into the SEATBELT! The BCC wins!
Winner: The Blackpool Combat Club, by pinfall
Bryan celebrates with his guys, though the fans aren’t as happy about it. Will the BCC soon look to take over AEW one division at a time?
Backstage interview with The Elite.
Alex Marvez is with Hangman Page and the Young Bucks while Matt Jackson is having his foot taped up. Anarchy in the Arena II was perhaps one of the most brutal matches in AEW history, what is the status of Matt and the rest of the team three days later? Matt says a long time ago, he told Hangman that he brings out the good in them. Safe to say, after Sunday, the BCC bring out the worst in them. Never thought the day would come where Matt would try to melt the face of another man with an explosive sneaker, and alas, here we are.
Nick, a big bandage on his forehead, recounts Hangman saying that they are the heart, the soul and the spirit of AEW. Not one setback is gonna keep them down! Hangman says they are still standing, still swinging, and still breathing! To be a group that prides themselves on being the best, the BCC sure love to use numbers. But the truth is- Wait, in walks the Dark Order. They tell Hangman, “Good to see you.” Oh, did Matt hurt his foot? Silver says Hangman is with his new-old best friends, they should probably just go. Sorry about that. Hangman wants to respond to that, but Marvez has one more question.
It has been said, rumored, that Kenny Omega has left the country and gone home to Canada based on everything that’s happened the last few weeks. Any word on that? Hangman says Kenny is hurt, he is pissed, and yes he is out of the country, but he’s not in Canada. Hangman excuses himself to chase after The Dark Order, what is the status of that friendship? What is the status of The Cleaner after further betrayal by men he once called friends?
Tony Schiavone is in the ring.
Double or Nothing is in the rearview mirror, and he welcomes out two men who were very active that night, Jay White & Juice Robinson, Bullet Club Gold! The Switchblade & Rock Hard make their way out, and White says the money’s here! Schiavone says their issue with Ricky Starks seems never ending. They get in close and he says they attacked Starks backstage! White starts by saying that Double or Nothing was a great night. Fans cheer and White applauds, too. But White bets Starks feels he’s on top of the world after he eliminated Jay & Juice from the battle royal.
But as a reminder to everyone, especially to Ricky Starks, he’s not the International Champion. he lost that battle royal just like he lost to White. And Juice says that brings them to FTR! BCG wants to know, WHY, Dax & Cash, did you come to the aid of “sweet boy” Ricky? It doesn’t make sense! There’s no way FTR are friends with Ricky Starks, because we all know Ricky Starks ain’t got no friends! White says we also know FTR are “a couple of Southern boys,” so maybe they’re a little bit slow. And they look dumb, too, have you seen them? You heard them talk? They sound pretty dumb, too!
White just didn’t actually think they were dumb enough to get in the Bang Bang Gang’s business! But wait, here comes FTR! Dax & Cash are still AEW World Tag Team Champions after Mark Briscoe saw who were his real friends on Sunday night. The champs get in the ring but White uses Schiavone as a shield. Seems FTR are that dumb. Juice says keep this cordial. This isn’t them being dumb, they’re here to apologize! White isn’t so sure, but maybe Juice is on to something. Maybe they’re also here because they wanna join BULLET CLUB GOLD~! Yeah? Huh? White says FTR are ready to be some Gold members!
So do they wanna join the top shelf gunslingers? Top Shelf Top Guys! If they wanted to join, all they had to do was ask. Just make sure you do it politely. White holds out the mic to Dax, then drops it as he reaches out. Fans boo and Dax glares at White. But then Juice sucker punches Dax! FISTFUL O’ SILVER DOLLARS!! Cash TACKLES Juice, but White goes after Cash! The BCG mug Cash while Dax writhes, clutching his jaw! Juice drags Dax up, JUICE IS LOOSE!! “Take that!” White gets Cash for a BLADERUNNER!! “That’s what you get!!” But here comes Starks! Starks runs BCG off and grabs the mic.
“Hey you two cowards! I’m sick of you two every single week! So how about this? You keep that jabroni ass freak in the back, and you and me, Jay, we finish it next week on Dynamite! YOU PUNK ASS B*TCH!!” The Absolute throws out the ultimatum, will he and King Switch finally put an end to this?
Tony Khan has an announcement for AEW Collision.
“It’s great to be here tonight in San Diego. The last few weeks, we made some announcements regarding the debut of AEW Saturday Night Collision, starting June 17th at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. I’m here tonight to give you a little more information about the debut of AEW Collision. I’m here to announce that AEW Collision, beginning June 17th, will feature… CM Punk!” Fans go wild hearing that! The Best in the World, the polarizing Plus Delta of AEW, is making his return in his hometown! What kind of collision are we going to say for that debut episode?
Triple Threat: Swerve Strickland VS “Big Bill” Morrissey VS Trent Beretta!
The Blackjack Battle Royal was a bust for everyone hoping to take the title off Orange Cassidy, but there was a lot of beef between these three men during all the chaos. Who scores a much easier win under 33% odds versus the one in 21?
The bell rings and Swerve bails out so Bill can’t get him. Fans boo but then Bill turns his attention to Trent. Fans fire up and Bill storms up on Trent. Trent slips away to not be cornered, then he CHOPS Bill! Bill scowls and dusts himself off. Bill storms up again, Trent slips away again and headlocks. Bill powers up but Trent holds on. Bill powers out, Trent ducks ‘n’ dodges and DIVES onto Swerve on the outside! Fans fire up as Trent puts Swerve in the ring saying “You’re turn!” He wants Bill to get at Swerve and Bill’s fine with that. Swerve wants Bill to hold on, but then he swings on Bill!
Bill blocks the punch, so Swerve kicks a leg. Swerve goes to whip but Bill blocks that, too! Bill whips, Swerve goes up and around and BOOTS Bill! Trent returns to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Bill just choke grips back! Bill BOOTS Swerve, then shoves Trent to a corner. Bill SPLASHES Swerve, SPLASHES Trent, and repeat! Bill clotheslines Swerve up and out! Trent ducks ‘n’ dodges but Bill FLAPJACKS Trent then BOOTS him down! Fans fire up with Bill while Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Bill watches as Trent crawls back in. Bill kicks Trent, drags him up, and CLUBS him back down. Bill then steps out to go after Swerve. Fans fire up as Bill stalks Swerve around the way, then UPPERCUTS him! Swerve CHOPS, Bill TOSSES him to the ramp! Swerve writhes, Trent goes out after Bill and throws body shots. Bill ROCKS Trent with a haymaker! Then he SMACKS Trent off the steps! Trent falls and Bill soaks up the cheers and jeers. Bill stalks Swerve on the ramp, drags him up, and brings him around to SMACK him off the apron! And then CHOPS him against the apron! Swerve sputters and drops to his knees.
Bill gives a toying kick to Swerve, but Swerve comes back with a CHOP! Bill ROCKS Swerve with a right hand! Bill then kicks Trent down. Bill soaks up the cheers and jeers as he brings Swerve around the way, to scoop, but Swerve lips off! Swerve POSTS Bill, Trent SPEARS Bill! Fans fire up but then Swerve RAMS Trent into the railing! Swerve puts Trent on the apron, goes up after him, and fireman’s carries. Trent fights free, but Swerve CHOPS him! Trent ROCKS Swerve! Swerve ROCKS Trent and Dynamite returns to single picture, right as Trent ROCKS Swerve! Swerve ROCKS Trent back so the shots keep going!
Fans fire up but Swerve knees low! Swerve fireman’s carries, Trent slips off again, but Swerve fights the half nelson! Swerve throws elbows, Bill gets in the ring and runs that way, Trent pulls Swerve into the path of the BOOT! Down goes Swerve, then Trent SHOTGUNS Bill off the apron! Fans fire up as Trent goes up a corner, to ARIHARA MOONSAULT! Down goes Bill! Fans fire up with Trent but now Swerve goes up to BOOT from the apron! Swerve drags Trent up, puts him in the ring, and fans rally up. Trent is in a drop zone, Swerve goes up the corner. But Bill choke grips him! Swerve fights the arm but Bill CHOPS him!
Bill climbs up to join Swerve, choke grips again, but Trent hits Bill low! Trent climbs up, but Bill grabs him, too! But then both Trent & Swerve throat chop! Fans boo, but Trent & Swerve work together to DOUBLE SUPERPLEX Bill!! All three men are down and fans are thunderous! Bill goes to a corner, Swerve and Trent throw forearms again! They go back and forth, Swerve throws body shot after body shot! Swerve runs, but Trent gets around, HALF ‘N’ HALF! Swerve tumbles out, Trent builds speed, but Bill scoops! BIG BOSS MAN SLAM!!! Cover, Swerve HOUSE CALLS! Cover on Bill, TWO?!?!
Bill survives but Swerve rolls to COMPLETE SHOT Trent! Trent sits up, Swerve goes up, KILL- NO, Trent avoids the stomps! To BUSAIKU KNEE!! Trent reels Swerve in, PILEDRIVER!! Cover, BILL BREAKS IT! Bill stalks Trent to the apron and fans fire up. Bill drags Trent up but Trent CHOPS! Bill doesn’t budge, so Trent CHOPS again! Bill clamps onto Trent’s throat, CHOKE SLAM into the ring! But Swerve APRON KILL STOMPS Bill!!! And then roll-up on Trent, Swerve wins!!
Winner: Swerve Strickland, by pinfall
The Mogul takes advantage and gets a huge win! Will Swerve soon be aiming for another title shot?
Kris Statlander speaks.
“Today’s date is May 28th, 2023. It’s the PPV, Double or Nothing, in Las Vegas, Nevada, and I am officially cleared. I am your NEW TBS Champion. It’s been a long time coming, and this whole time, I was never really sure if I deserved it. Not sure if I was someone deserving of this moment. It just really shows me how much not only does this place mean to me, but how much I mean to AEW. It’s just so nice to physically hold something to feel like you deserve it for once. Not only am I gonna prove to everyone that they were right, but I’m gonna prove to myself that this is my time. And I’m gonna have the best damn title reign anyone’s ever seen.” But she’s already putting the title on the line, will her time be short?
Renee Paquette is on stage.
“Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome The Acclaimed & Daddy Ass.” Max Caster, Anthony Bowens & Billy Gunn are here, and Renee says that unfortunately, thing didn’t go their way in that AEW World Trios Championship match. They asked for this time, so the floor is theirs. Billy says Renee is right, things did not go quite the way they’d planned. But that’s okay! Because anyone can get beat at any given time. Billy’s biggest regret is that he let his guys down. Caster says that Billy shouldn’t blame himself. They win as a team and lose as a team. They won a lot as a trio, undefeated until facing House of Black.
And see, Caster is the best wrestler alive, Bowens is the Five Tool Player, and Billy is the legend! They ARE The Acclaimed, they are the People’s Choice. Bowens says that is right. And their goal remains the same. A few months ago, Acclaimed were screwed outta tag team gold. Fans boo that, but the Acclaimed want gold back! “And this man, this legend, after over 30 YEARS of giving his all to the business, of giving his all to each and every one of you, giving his all to us, this man deserves to hold gold one more time!” Fans love the sound of that! They chant for “DADDY ASS! DADDY ASS!”
Bowens says do not worry about it, Billy, because EVERYONE loves The Acclaimed! So the goal remains the same, and the three SCISSOR FINGER~! Will they cut down the House of Black one way or another? Or will the House always win?
Tony Schiavone is back in the ring.
The bile rises in his throat as he has to say these names. “Here comes… Don Callis! And… Konosuke Takeshita.” Fans boo as Callis & Takeshita walk their way out to no music, but with highlights of Callis helping the BCC cheat the Elite. Callis & Takeshita go to the ring to join Schiavone, and Schiavone says, “Sunday night, Double or Nothing, not so sure. We talked to Bryan Danielson, whose side are you on? Whose side are you with? One thing we know for sure, you apparently have yourself a new protégé.” Callis grins but fans boo, and Callis says he sincerely hopes that such boos are for Kenny Omega! No, they’re for Callis.
Callis continues to say he is the REAL victim here! He has done everything for Kenny Omega! The booing gets louder! And they’re even flipping Callis off! Callis says Kenny only had what he had because of Callis! The AEW World Championship? All Callis! Kenny chose his friends. Every morning, Callis has to get up and look at the scar on his head! 23 stitches! And Callis blames it all on Kenny! Kenny destroyed Callis’ family! And maybe Callis lost a nephew, but he gained a son in Konosuke Takeshita! Fans chant “YOU SUCK! YOU SUCK!” but Callis says Takeshita is the best athlete he has ever seen in wrestling! 6’3″, 240 pounds, and you know who he’s better than?
Konosuke is better than Rikidōzan! Better than Antonio Inoki! Better than Keiji Mutoh! And yes, better than Kazuchika Okada! But you know who else he’s better than? We’ll see it very soon, too! Konosuke is better than Kenny Omega! Konosuke gets the mic to tell everyone Japanese that they’re all stupid! Kenny Omega is nothing! And they all know it! Then in English, “We will destroy the Elite! We will destroy Kenny… Omega!” Callis tells Kenny that he destroyed his family so Callis is building a new one! And that new family will cut the Elite out of All Elite Wrestling! Fans boo as hard as they’ve ever booed before, but will that not stop what Callis is planning for Kenny Omega?
Arn Anderson & Wardlow speak.
The Enforcer says that before Double or Nothing and the ladder match, he cut through all the BS and asked Wardlow one question: What are you willing to do to Christian Cage? Everyone’s giving Arn a bunch of hoopla about biting that giant lizard’s thumb. But Wardlow got manhandled, and when you snatch Arn by the neck, what you think’s gonna happen? Wardlow says Luchasaurus found out not to get involved with their business. Arn wants to know what Wardlow’s willing to do, and he answered that. There are no more limits! If Luchasaurus wants to be next, Wardlow will be more than happy to finish the job!
Orange Cassidy & Darby Allin VS The Gates of Agony w/ Prince Nana!
Freshly Squeezed is still the AEW International Champion after facing the steepest odds possible, while the Relentless One could not overcome MJF, Sammy Guevara & Jack Perry all at once to become AEW World Champion. But will this unlikely duo keep going against even this daunting duo in front of them?
The teams sort out, but Bishop Kaun shoves Darby off the corner! And Toa Liona goes after Cassidy with clubbing forearms! The bell rings, Kaun keeps after Darby on the outside, and Cassidy just gets his jacket and shirt off. Kaun CHOPS Darby, Liona pushes Cassidy down, then Liona drags Cassidy up to whip corner to corner. Cassidy tumbles up and out, baits Liona in and shoulders into him. Cassidy bumps Liona off buckles, but Liona just glares at him! Liona drags Cassidy up and into the ring to OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Kaun scoops Darby, but Darby slips free to POST Kaun! Darby tags in!
Fans fire up as Darby, bad shoulder all taped up, has the fans behind him. Darby SLAPS, RAMS, and runs, but Liona rushes in! Darby dodges but then runs into a BODY CHECK! Liona roars, fans boo, but Liona drags Darby up. Liona puts Darby in the corner, tags Kaun, and the Gates fire each other up! Kaun whips Liona in but Darby dodges! Darby BOOTS Kaun away, springboards, but Liona POUNCES the Coffin Splash! Kaun drags Cassidy in, GUT BUSTER DROP! Nana, Cage and Swerve return to ringside, they wanna watch this in person. Kaun has Darby up to CHOP him in the corner!
Kaun drags Darby up and over, tags Liona in, and the Gates mug Darby in the corner. Liona paces, the ref reprimands, but Kaun digs his boots into Darby! The fans rally up for Darby but Liona drags him up. Liona smirks, whips Darby to the corner, but Darby BLASTS Kaun! But then Liona SPLASHES Darby int he corner! But Darby boots from below! Liona gets the legs, yanks Darby up but Darby slips to the outside! Darby HOTSHOTS Liona, but Kaun trips Darby to RAM him into the railing! And then apron! And then railing! And then apron! And then a whip into the railing! Liona rushes around the way to CLOBBER Cassidy!
Fans boo but The Mogul Embassy is pleased while Dynamite goes picture in picture. Kaun drags Darby but he’s deadweight. Kaun gets Darby up and into the ring, covers, TWO! Kaun rains down fists on Darby, lets off to soak up the heat, and then he drags Darby back up. Kaun fishhooks the nose but the ref reprimands. Kaun lets go, Darby goes to a corner, but Kaun fires off on him. Darby hits back, but Kaun kicks and whips to then kitchen sink knee! Kaun stands on Darby for a cover, ONE! Kaun drags Darby over, tags in Liona, and the Gates stomp Darby at the ropes. The ref counts, Liona steps off, then drags Darby back up.
Liona scoops Darby, SLAMS him, then SPLASHES! Darby writhes while Liona looms over him. Liona CLUBS Darby in the side, drags him up and pushes him into the corner. Kaun tags in, Darby is in the ropes, and Kaun kicks him to the floor. Kaun taunts Cassidy, then goes out to stomp away on Darby. Darby scrambles into the ring but Kaun is after him. Kaun stands on Darby’s hands to keep him from reaching Cassidy! Kaun stomps the hands, puts him in the Gates’ corner, then CHOPS him! Darby sputters, drops to a knee, and Kaun taunts Cassidy. Fans rally as Dynamite returns to single picture.
Kaun puts Darby up on the top rope, climbs up behind him, and then scoops for a TOP ROPE BACKBREAKER! Darby writhes on the apron, Liona hits an APRON SENTON! Liona then BLASTS Cassidy, drags Darby up, URENAGE! Cover, TWO!! Darby is hanging tough and fans fire up! Tag to Kaun and the Gates circle Darby. Fans rally up but The Gates drag Darby up and high five, but then Darby flops over. The Gates laugh, and Swerve smirks seeing his old rival suffer. But Darby fights back with CHOPS! Liona doesn’t budge! Liona choke grips Darby, he and Kaun throw him to the corner!
Darby comes back, leaps but the Gates catch him to throw him back! Kaun runs in but Darby dropkicks his leg out! Liona runs in, but Darby BOOTS him down! Darby goes up and sunset flips, but Liona stays up! Darby stands up and baits Kaun in, sending him into Liona! Hot tag to Cassidy! Cassidy gets in, raises his hands, and fans fire up as they go in his pockets! Cassidy dodges Liona, dodges Kaun and sends him into Liona, then he dodges Kaun again to send him into buckles! Cassidy SHOTGUNS Liona to the other corner then kips up! Fans fire up, Kaun runs in but Cassidy dodges, Kaun’s SHOTGUN hits Liona!
Cassidy runs to tilt-o-whirl DDT! Cover, TWO!! Kaun survives but Cassidy keeps his focus. Cassidy throws off the elbow pad and takes aim from the corner. Kaun rises, Cassidy runs in, ORANGE- NO, Kaun dodges! Liona fireman’s carries, SAMOAN DROP! The Gates drag Cassidy up, high five, and SHUT THE GATES! Cover, Darby breaks it!! Liona TOSSES Darby, Swerve is getting annoyed, but Liona goes back to the corner. Liona tags in, fans rally up for Cassidy, but the Gates reset. DOUBLE- RANA!! Cassidy hot tags Darby! Darby COFFIN SPLASHES Liona! And again! then one for Kaun! Another for Liona!
Darby fires up a la Sting, dodges Liona and Liona hits buckles! Darby puts Liona outside, CLUBS him and CLAWS him! Liona stands up, grabs Darby, but gets an ORANGE PUNCH! Darby then DIVES to take Liona out!! Kaun ELBOWS Cassidy down! Kaun suplexes, but gets STUN DOG MILLIONAIRE! And a boosted CODE RED! Cassidy DIVES to take out Liona! Darby is up top, COFFIN DROP!! Cover, Darby & Cassidy win!
Winners: Orange Cassidy & Darby Allin, by pinfall
But the rest of the Mogul Embassy makes their way to the ring! Swerve & Cage glare right at Darby & Cassidy, and Liona & Kaun both get up. But wait! Here comes STIIIIING! The Icon is back, and he has his baseball bat! Fans are thunderous as Sting steps into the ring and the Embassy backs off. Will Swerve’s house have to worry about the showtime?
“AEW fans, AEW fans! Oh my God, clock’s ticking and you’re running out of competition. Darby Allin, you sweet, sweet little emo b*tch. Once again, you found yourself victim to a maneuver as simple as a headlock takeover. Now if that’s not telling about my competition around here, I don’t know what is! You are running out of gladiators for me to slay, you are running out of people you could possibly claim that are better than me. And you know it. Once again, it has been made abundantly clear, and this time, in Sin City, that nobody is on the level of the Devil!” Will anyone ever exorcise MJF away from the AEW World Championship?
Tony Schiavone is once again in the ring.
He welcomes us back, and thanks San Diego for being part of this great night. But wait, here comes Hook! The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil, the undefeated FTW Champion, steps in the ring. Schiavone says Hook once again helped the Hardy Boyz against Ethan Page at Double or Nothing. But then, what is next for Hook? But wait, someone interrupts. It’s Jose of La Faccion Ingobernable! He has Dralistico y Preston Vance with him, and he “apologizes” for interrupting Hook’s time, but this is the only way LFI is gonna get TV time here! There are two studs here who have never been given opportunities the way Hook has.
Fans boo but Jose says they know it’s true. Rush is too dangerous to be on TV, so he isn’t here right now. Salud, Rush. But where are the fans when they need LFI? When LFI is looking for chances and they get NONE? But they’re gonna start taking opportunities! Show this perro what LFI is about! Dralistico & Vance mug Hook, but here comes JUNGLE BOY! Jack Perry has helped Hook out before, and he’s here again, with a chair! JB JAMS Dralistico, JAMS Vance, and then he SMACKS them both down! Jose sneaks up, but JB sees him first. Jose runs away into the ring, but that’s where Hook is!
Hook clinches to hit the EL CAMINO! Jose flops out of the ring, JB joins Hook in the ring, and they fist bump. Will #JungleHook reunite to shut LFI up?
Backstage interview with The Outcasts.
Renee is with Saraya, Ruby Soho, and the NEW AEW Women’s World Champion, Toni Storm. How does it feel this time around to be champion? Oh, c’mon, look at her! She’s having a great time! She has the world title, the world’s best friends, and she couldn’t be doing any better. A lot of people say she’s just very lucky, but luck’s got nothing to do with this. Toni’s been wrestling since she was 13 years old, a child really! Over half her life! That’s because she’s been all over the world, carrying everyone’s bags and doing everything she can to get to this point.
The Outcasts look around this locker room, and they see no one who could carry Toni’s bags. Ruby says Toni is being very humble. No one anywhere could match Toni’s work ethic. Toni is gracing the AEW fans with her presence during the House Rules live shows. And she’ll even defend this title. That is what a fighting champion does! Oh so humble! Saraya loves Toni so much. But really, there is really no one worthy of carrying Toni’s bags. Not at all. But they’ll keep looking out. And as for “luck,” the only lucky ones are the fans. Who will be “lucky” enough to have some #ToniTime this summer?
AEW TBS Championship: Kris Statlander VS Nyla Rose!
The Galaxy’s Greatest made perhaps the greatest return possible, answering the open challenge of the cocky Jade Cargill. Not only did she end Jade’s reign, she ended the undefeated streak! But will Kris regret putting it all on the line so soon? Or will she start her own incredible reign?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Mama Statlander holds onto her baby!
The bell rings and fans rally as the two tie up. The two are in a deadlock, but then they break. Kris shoves Nyla, they tie up again, and they go around. Nyla puts Kris in a corner, the ref counts, and Nyla lets off. Kris dodges the cheap shot to fire off forearms! Nyla dodges to get some air, but Kris SHOTGUNS Nyla down! Fans fire up, Kris is after Nyla but the scoop doesn’t work. Nyla scoops Kris but she slips free to scoop again! Nyla is still really big, and she scoops Kris to SLAM her! SENTON flops as Kris moves! Kris wraps on the body scissors! Nyla endures, those knee braces are right in the ribs!
Nyla scrambles, gets the ROPEBREAK, and Kris lets go. Kris storms up but Nyla shoulders into her! And bumps her off the buckles! Kris falls and Nyla stalks her. Nyla kicks Kris around, drags her up, and brings her over to ropes. Kris fights the suplex and tries to suplex Nyla! Nyla CLUBS Kris, CLAWS her back, but Kris fights with body shots! Fans rally and Kris still tries a suplex. Nyla knees low, brings Kris around, and snap suplexes her into buckles! We see Taya Valkyrie is watching backstage, surely upset that she didn’t get the TBS title off Jade. Nyla grins as she soaks up the heat and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Nyla taunts Kris, drags her up, and then bumps her off buckles. Nyla stomps Kris, digs her boots in, but the ref counts. Nyla has Kris on the apron before she lets off. Nyla then puts Kris on the ropes to CHOKE and even bend back! Nyla puppets Kris’ mouth, but lets off as the ref counts. Kris flounders, Nyla brings her up to suplex! Cover, ONE!! Nyla grows frustrated, but she stands on Kris before getting a leg. HALF CRAB! Kris endures, reaches out, but Nyla talks trash while she CLUBS away on the knee! Kris crawls, ROPEBREAK! Nyla lets go, Kris goes to a corner, but Nyla RAMS into her!
Nyla pulls the leg against ropes! The ref counts, Nyla lets off and Kris hobbles to another corner. Nyla is after her in the corner with body shots! Nyla then goes corner to corner to ELBOW Kris, and LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Nyla keeps Kris down with a chinlock. Kris endures the knee in the back, fans rally up, and Kris fights, only for Nyla to CLUB her in the chest! Nyla clamps onto the arms to keep Kris down, but still Kris fights. Fans rally, kris throws body shots and elbows, but Nyla CHOP BLOCKS! Kris falls, Nyla gets that leg, and has a modified Half Crab! Kris endures, so Nyla stomps away on the leg before going back to the Crab!
Dynamite returns to single picture as Kris fights with her free leg. Nyla lets go, Kris kips up, but Nyla CLOBBERS her! Cover, TWO!! Kris is still in this but Nyla runs, only to miss the splash! Kris runs to DISCUS LARIAT! Nyla stays up to Kris LARIATS again, ROCKS Nyla and ROUNDHOUSES her! Fans fire up with Kris and she runs in at the corner, UPPERCUT! Kris goes side to side, KNEE! Nyla staggers, Kris brings her in, BLUE THUNDER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Nyla survives and Kris is surprised! But Kris pounds the mat and fans rally with her. Kris drags Nyla to a drop zone and climbs up the corner.
Kris reaches the top but Nyla trips her up! Kris hits the buckles on the way down! Nyla runs in to SPLASH! Kris sits down, Nyla calls her shot and runs again, but Kris bails out! Nyla stops the cannonball to go tot he apron, CANNONBALL to the floor! Nyla grins and she brings Kris up to RAM her into railing! Fans boo but Nyla runs in to CANNONBALL against the railing! Nyla puts Kris back in the ring, stalks her, and catches Kris’ haymaker into a CHOKE SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Kris survives and now Nyla is surprised! Nyla drags Kris up but Kris JAWBREAKERS! Kris puts Nyla in the drop zone and goes up again!
Fans fire up as Kris aims, to 450 SPLASH!! Cover, Kris wins!
Winner: Kris Statlander, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)
The Galaxy’s Greatest has her first win as champion in the books! Taya is not amused, though. Will La Wera Loca get one more shot at that title? Will the third time be the charm? Or will things not go her way now that Mama’s home?
BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!
It’ll be regularly scheduled, 10 PM Eastern on Friday night, but it’s gonna be a CHAMPIONSHIP Friday! The AAA Mega Championship is on the line as El Hijo Del Vikingo defends against Dralistico AND Komander in a Triple Threat! Will the numbers spell disaster for Vikingo in San Diego? And in her first defense, Willow Nightingale puts up the NJPW Strong Women’s Championship against The Queen of Joshi, Emi Sakura! Will the Babe with the Power be too sweet to be sour? Plus, the NJPW World Television Championship makes its AEW Rampage debut as Zack Sabre Jr. defends against Action Andretti!
But that’s not all! Assuming he defeats Alex Coughlin on ROH TV this week, Katsuyori Shibata will defend the ROH Pure Championship against #TAIGASTYLE, Lee Moriarty! Will The Wrestler still be the champion after this week is over?
BREAKING NEWS for next week’s Dynamite!
Ricky Starks put out the challenge, and Jay White accepted! In a match where Juice Robinson and FTR are all banned from ringside, The Absolute and the Switchblade will finally settle things 1v1! Plus, after big wins from both men tonight, Orange Cassidy defends the AEW International Championship 1v1 against Swerve Strickland! Will the Mogul Embassy grab up even more gold?
Mixed Tag: Chris Jericho & Saraya VS Adam Cole & Britt Baker!
It would seem the Unsanctioned Match at Double or Nothing was not enough for anyone to end this! The Wizard & The Knight called out the Undisputed Couple for this match, and they obliged! Will Jericho & Saraya be the ones standing tall with a fireball? Or will San Diego be all about The Boom?
Fans sing Judas for Jericho, but Saraya still calls them all losers. The teams sort out and Jericho starts against Cole. Cole and Jericho fire off hands right at the bell! Jericho gets the edge, CHOPS, then CHOPS again! And CHOPS again! Cole fires back, Jericho ROCKS him, then puts him in a corner, Jericho ROCKS Cole again and again, whips corner to corner, and Jericho clotheslines! Fans are torn but Saraya says they better cheer! Jericho goes back to Cole, but Cole turns things around to ROCK Jericho with forearm after forearm, then he CHOPS! Jericho CHOPS, Cole CHOPS, they CHOP back and forth!
Jericho gets the edge with those CHOPS, but Cole rakes the eyes! Saraya complains but Cole stalks Jericho. Cole stomps Jericho, digs a boot in, but lets off as the ref counts. Jericho pokes Cole in the eyes! Jericho then throws Cole out, goes out after him, and fans fire up as Jericho whips Cole into railing! Jericho puts Cole back in, stalks him to a corner and CHOPS again! Jericho whips, Cole comes back and he CLOBBERS Jericho! Jericho hurries away, Cole dares him to come back, but Jericho tags out to Saraya. Saraya dares Cole to do something, but fans fire up as Britt steps in! And she fires off on Saraya!
Saraya shoves, Britt dodges and SLINGBLADES! And NORTHERN LIGHTS! Cover, TWO! Britt CLUBS Saraya, brings her up to Alabama Lift, AIR RAID CRASH! Britt revels in the cheers and spells it out, “D! M! D!” Britt then sits Saraya up, runs, but Saraya distracts the ref so Jericho can trip Britt! Fans boo but Cole rushes Jericho! Saraya stomps Britt, the ref keeps Cole from getting at Jericho, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Saraya covers Britt, shouts at the ref, and the ref returns, TWO! Saraya drags Britt up to HEADBUTT her down! Saraya paces around Britt, drags her up, and throws her down. Saraya points to Jericho, they “tag,” and then Jericho eggs Britt on. The ref tells Jericho to get out, that’s not the kind of match this is. Saraya taunts Cole while Jericho exits, and Saraya stomps Britt. Saraya drags Britt around, puts her in the ropes, then goes to the apron to fire off knee after knee! The ref counts, Saraya lets off to step back inside and they argue. Jericho talks trash on Britt but she swipes at him! Cole protests but Saraya stomps Britt down.
Saraya drags Britt up to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Saraya argues with the ref but the count was fair. Saraya drags Britt into a chinlock stretch but Britt endures. Fans rally, Britt fights up, but Saraya CLUBS her back down! Saraya brings Britt around, CLUBS her, then Saraya “tags” Jericho again. Jericho spells it out, “D! M! D!” then signals the fans can shove it! Saraya stomps Britt, Jericho shouts at Britt, and the ref keeps Cole back. Saraya stands on Britt’s hair, pulls on the arms, but lets off as the ref counts. Dynamite returns to single picture as Saraya tosses Britt out. Saraya then goes out, Cole and Jericho shout at each other and the ref is distracted.
Saraya waves to the ramp, and out come the Outcasts! Ruby & Toni stomp away on Britt! Fans boo, Saraya drags Britt into the ring, and they get away with all of that! But HIKARU SHIDA is here! She SMACKS the Outcasts around with the kendo stick and fans fire up! Saraya is furious, but Britt rolls her up! TWO!! Saraya escapes and CLUBS Britt down! Jericho storms in and shouts at Britt, but Britt glares at him. Britt SLAPS Jericho, DECKS Saraya, and tags in Cole! Fans fire up as Cole rallies on Jericho with forearms! Cole whips, Jericho reverses but Cole CLOBBERS him! And ELBOW! And BOOT!
Cole rains down fists, just like at the end of their Unsanctioned match! Jericho pushes Cole away, CHOPS him, but, Cole PELES! Cole whips, Jericho holds ropes and avoids the dropkick! LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Cole survives but Jericho scrambles away, hot tag to Saraya! That allows Britt to run in and rally on Saraya! Fans fire up and Britt hits a NECKBREAKER! Britt then hauls Saraya up but Saraya wrenches out to kick low! Saraya whips Britt to a corner, storms up, but into a BOOT! Britt goes up, Saraya runs back in to ROCK Britt! Saraya climbs up after Britt, but Britt resists the superplex!
Britt SHOVES Saraya down, adjusts, and fans fire up! But Jericho scurries over and asks for mercy! He even shields Saraya? Britt FROG SPLASHES them both!! Cover on Saraya, TWO!! Saraya survives but Britt tags Cole in! Cole BOOTS Jericho, hits a BACKSTABBER, and goes to the corner. Cole climbs up, aims, and Jericho stands, PANAMA- NO, Jericho trips Cole! Cole resists as Jericho tries to turn him! WALLS OF JERICHO!! Fans fire up, Saraya BLASTS Britt!! Cole endures, powers up, crawls forward and reaches out, but Jericho drags him back from the ropes! Fans fire up more as Jericho sits deep!
Wait! Britt gets her glove! Britt puts the glove on, steps into the ring and she fishhooks Jericho!! Jericho lets Cole go and fans fire up! Britt puts Jericho in the Rings of Saturn! LOCKJAW!! Saraya STOMPS Britt! The ref reprimands everyone, but Saraya goes to her corner. Cole tunes up the band as he aims at Jericho. Jericho stands, Cole rushes in, CODE BREAKER hits first!! Cover, TWO!!! Cole survives and Jericho can’t believe it! Jericho and Cole throw forearms back and forth and fans rally up. They stand, CHOP and forearm on repeat, and Cole gets the edge! Cole whips, Jericho reverses but DOUBLE LARIATS collide!
Saraya and Britt shout for Jericho and Cole, both men crawl for their corners. Hot tag to Saraya and Britt jumps in! Britt and Saraya fire off forearms! Saraya hits low, whips, but Britt holds ropes to then reel Saraya in! Saraya wrenches out, HOOK KICK to the GOOD KNIGHT!! Cover, TWO?!?! Britt survives and shocks Saraya! Jericho has Floyd the Baseball Bat! He aims, swings, but Britt doges and Cole SUPERKICKS! Then Britt SUPERKICKS Saraya! Then they DOUBLE SUPEKRICK Jericho!! Fans are thunderous, Cole goes to the corner and Britt tags him in! Cole drops the kneepad, takes aim, “I told you!”
Jericho sits up, into the BOOM!! Cover, Cole & Britt win!
Winners: Adam C0le & Britt Baker, by pinfall
The Undisputed Couple stands tall! The power of love, but also just all that pent up frustration, wins out in the end, while Jericho throws a fit! Cole dares Jericho to keep fighting then! Jericho throws in a chair, and even the ring bell! Cole and Britt grab those for themselves, and that makes Jericho back off. Can Cole & Britt finally move on from The Wizard and his schemes to go get themselves some gold?
A very good aftermath show for AEW after only a very good Double or Nothing. Good promos from Kris Statlander, Wardlow and MJF to follow their title wins. A little surprising that Kris had her first defense so soon but I suppose this gets it out of the way, and it gets Kris going on doing her best to match Jade’s streak. Taya watching backstage makes some sense, and I sense her turning Heel over being denied twice. Sadly, I think Taya is going to go 0-3 for the TBS Champion, because if she didn’t beat Jade, she’s not going to beat the person who beat Jade. And I do appreciate that Wardlow is calling out Luchasaurus, he’s being a proactive champion.
MJF of course isn’t, he’s just expecting AEW to find somebody. But I feel like, with Tony Khan letting us know CM Punk IS returning, that’s just the natural course of things for the world title. AEW Collision’s success is not fully dependent on CM Punk being back, but it will definitely incentivize Chicago fans to show up. But I love that there were plenty of fans who hated that news as there were who loved it in San Diego. And MJF VS Punk is an obvious route given how the Pillars he cheated at Double or Nothing are now going to other stories in the meantime. Sammy was the only absent one, but he’s surely preparing to be a parent.
Darby & Cassidy had an awesome tag match with The Gates of Agony, and I figured Darby & Cassidy would win. Swerve also won an awesome Triple Threat against Bill and Trent, and of course Swerve is moving on to a title. I feel like Swerve should be the one to dethrone Cassidy. He’s got The Mogul Embassy to help him cheat so that technically keeps Cassidy strong, and then Swerve can bring that title into a feud with Darby or in whatever finish we FINALLY get of Swerve VS Keith Lee. Then Jungle Boy returns to teaming with Hook just because there’s no other singles title open. JungleHook VS LFI is still going to be fun, and maybe we get Jungle Boy VS Rush. But honestly, I almost thought JB was gonna turn on Hook there. Heel Jack Perry taking the FTW Championship could be pretty cool.
Great promo from Bullet Club Gold and then great brawl with FTR and Starks. Starks VS White is going to end things one way or another, but I feel like it has to be White’s win. Then BCG VS FTR can be for the AEW World Tag Team Championships going into All In London. Speaking of titles, Championship Rampage is loaded, though I’m surprised there wasn’t just another Battle of the Belts special. I wonder if Battle of the Belts goes away with Collision being on Saturdays. Pretty sure all champions retain, though, because NONE of those titles are AEW property. Also, I feel that’s irresponsible to automatically say it’s Shibata VS Moriarty when Shibata VS Coughlin is airing tomorrow night on ROH.
The Acclaimed had a good promo with Renee on stage, and I figured they’d stick together and try again. They’ll probably choose a Open House Rules stipulation next time, I look forward to something wild from them. Really good promo from The Outcasts, and Storm could face just about anyone in her first defense of the world title. From how things went in the main event, pretty sure it’s Shida since she is still fighting against The Outcasts. Britt & Cole of course win against Jericho & Saraya, but that was a pretty fun Mixed Tag. And if Shida doesn’t beat Storm, I bet we get Britt VS Storm at like All Out or something.
Great opener of BCC VS Lucha Bros & Bandido, and Bryan was pretty good on commentary. I figured BCC would win, they’re going to keep things rolling from Double or Nothing. And good promo from The Elite and Dark Order, because it kept up the continuity from over the years. Hangman saying Kenny was out of the country but not in Canada totally hints at him being in Japan to reconnect with Kota Ibushi, which is definitely the next phase of this. Elite plus Ibushi VS BCC plus Konosuke, Blood & Guts, that has to be it. And speaking of, Callis and Konosuke had a great promo, especially factoring in that nuclear Heel heat Callis has. Like, every other Heel wishes they had the level of booing, jeering and middle fingers Callis had aimed at him.
My Score: 8.7/10
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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (5/30/23)
It’s about to get TOXIC!
Tonight: Jacy Jayne, Gigi Dolin, and a WEAPONIZED STEEL CAGE!
NXT returns from the Battleground, but another battle is about to begin! The Toxic War between Gigi and Jacy ends, inside a cage, the walls lined with weaponry! Who will be left standing as the Toxic Victor?
- Weaponized Steel Cage: Gigi Dolin VS Jacy Jayne; Gigi wins.
- Wes Lee & Tyler Bate VS The Dyad w/ Ava Raine; Wes & Bate win.
- Joe Coffey VS “Stacks” Channing Lorenzo; Joe wins.
- Cora Jade VS Ivy Nile; Cora wins.
- NXT Championship: Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Noam Dar w/ Oro Mensah, Lash Legend & Jakara Jackson; Melo wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
Weaponized Steel Cage: Gigi Dolin VS Jacy Jayne!
What was once one of the most dominant duos in the NXT Women’s Division was torn apart by ambition and pride. Where one thought they were closer than sisters, the other only saw herself as the star and everyone else as a side character. This is going to end one way or another, but will it be the Toxic Avenger or the Toxic Traitor that comes out on top?
But wait! Jacy attacks Gigi during her entrance! And then RAMS her into the steel! And then into steel steps! Fans boo but Jacy takes Gigi’s jacket from her, throws it at her, then throws Gigi into the steel again! Jacy says it’s all about her, and she SMACKS Gigi off more steps, and Gigi’s head also hits the underside of the door! Jacy makes Gigi take a seat, to SLAM the door shut on her! And again! And again! Jacy howls but fans boo, and Jacy drags Gigi into the cage. Jacy then closes the door, the bell rings, and Jacy stalks Gigi. Jacy has a duffel bag, and she brings out a LEATHER STRAP! She LASHES Gigi!
Jacy LASHES Gigi more and more, then howls again. Gigi writhes, Jacy gets a chair, but Gigi gets a trash can lid! Gigi kicks Jacy low, SMACKS her on the back, and now Jacy writhes. Gigi runs, but Jacy drop toeholds her onto the chair! Jacy drags Gigi through the chair, runs, but Gigi avoids the ax kick! Gigi comes back with a ROUNDHOUSE! Jacy takes a seat, Gigi CROSSBODIES her down! Gigi drags Jacy up, RAMS her into the steel, then RAMS her into the other side! Gigi gets that strap for herself now, and she LASHES Jacy! And again! And again! And again! Then she just throws the strap at Jacy before getting a trash can lid.
Gigi brings the can around, puts it on Jacy, and then Kawada Kicks away on it! Jacy falls over, Gigi takes the can off her, and fans fire up. Gigi has Jacy against ropes, digs the can into her, and says this is what Jacy wanted! Gigi SLAPS Jacy, runs, and dropkicks the can into Jacy! Cover, TWO! Jacy is still in this, and Gigi snarls. Gigi looks for something else to use as fans rally behind her. Gigi gets the strap and CHOKES Jacy with it! Gigi says Jacy ruined everything! They were like sisters! Gigi lets Jacy go, gets more trash cans, and she sets one down. Fans chant “We Want Tables!” but Gigi gets the bat! It has a rose on it!
Gigi JAMS Jacy with the baseball bat, then DIGS the thorn covered side into her! Gigi climbs up to CHOKE Jacy with the bat and again shouts that Jacy ruined everything! Gigi then takes aim, waits on Jacy to get up, but Jacy avoids the homer to SPINEBUSTER Gigi on the can! Fans are shocked while NXT goes picture in picture.
Jacy talks trash on Gigi, stalks her, and brings her up. Jacy RAMS Gigi into steel, then RAMS her into more steel! Jacy then grinds Gigi into the chain link like it’s a cheese grater! Jacy lets off to revel in the moment, then she steps back in through the ropes. Jacy talks trash on the fans and on Gigi, and then stalks her to ropes. Jacy KICKS Gigi in the face! Jacy gets a chair, wedges it in a corner, and then goes back for Gigi. Jacy brings Gigi up to whip, but Gigi stops herself! Gigi ELBOWS Jacy, runs and BOOTS her down! Gigi then gets another trash can, and she wedges that in another corner.
Gigi goes to Jacy, kicks her low, and whips, but Jacy reverses! Gigi blocks, Jacy kicks low, then blocks a kick to LARIAT Gigi down! And SENTON! Cover, TWO! Gigi is still in this but Jacy rains down fists on her! Jacy eggs Gigi on, taunts fans, then gets a steel chain! Jacy wraps that around her first, gives it a kiss, and FULL METLA BODY SHOTS! And then another! And another! Gigi falls over while Jacy swings the chain. Jacy grinds as she sits Gigi up, and wraps the chain around Gigi’s face! Gigi can only endure as the chain digs into her nose and mouth! NXT returns to single picture as fans rally back up.
Gigi fights, powers up, and swings Jacy into the steel chair! Jacy goes down and fans fire up! Jacy staggers up, Gigi roars, and Gigi ROCKS Jacy, KICKS her and KNEES her! Ripcord and STO! Cover, TWO!! Gigi is frustrated but she pounds the mat. Fans rally up, Gigi gets another chair, and she puts that down at center. She gets that chair from the corner, and another chair, and another chair, and she piles them together. Gigi brings Jacy over, half nelsons, but Jacy fights! Jacy whips, spins Gigi, and then NECKBREAKER on the chair pile!! Both women writhe but Jacy covers, TWO!! Gigi survives and Jacy is beside herself!
Fans rally up, Jacy clears the chairs out of the way and she throws a forearm on Gigi. Gigi comes back with a haymaker! Jacy throws a forearm back! Gigi throws a forearm of her own! Fans rally, Jacy throws another forearm but Gigi fires a flurry! Gigi wrenches, hooks Jacy up, but Jacy dosidos her into the TRASH CAN! And then SUPERKICKS! Just like the night she betrayed Gigi! Jacy runs in, CANNONBALL into the trash can! Cover, TWO!!! Gigi survives again and Jacy is at a loss for words. But then Jacy just grins and rains down fists on Gigi! Fans chant “We Want Tables!” and Jacy drags the table out!
Fans actually chant, “Thank You, Jacy!” and she says shut up, she’s not doing it for them! Jacy sets the table up near a corner, and she goes back to Gigi. Jacy suplexes but Gigi blocks! Gigi throws body shots, turns things around, but Jacy blocks the suplex! Gigi CLUBS Jacy, KNEES her low, and then drags her up to whip. Jacy reverses and sends Gigi into the steel! Jacy then brings Gigi up, bumps her off buckles, and brings her up the corner! Fans fire up as Jacy dribbles Gigi off buckles and the steel! Jacy says this is all about HER, and she reaches the very top rope. But Gigi HEADBUTTS in return!
Jacy wobbles, Gigi SMACKS her off the steel again and again! Jacy stays on the top rope but Gigi clinches, CHOKE SLAM THROUGH THE TABLE!! High stack, Gigi wins!!
Winner: Gigi Dolin, by pinfall
The Toxic Avenger finally ends the Toxic War! Fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” What is next for Gigi now that she’s gotten past her past?
Backstage interview with Wes Lee.
McKenzie Mitchell is with the North American Champion and notes we’re just 48 hours removed from his win in a Triple Threat. He is now the longest reigning North American Champion, with TEN successful defenses. Has it sunk in yet? Now that she says it, yes! He is PUMPED! But he’s also sore. Comes with the territory. Back when he won the title at Halloween Havoc, he had no idea how this ride was gonna go. But through the multiple multi-mans, the open challenges and the unforeseen odds- “Sunday’s victory proved nothing!” The Dyad storms in to say Joe Gacy wants to send a reminder.
Wes says okay, he’ll bust them all! But then Tyler Bate steps up to say that if they want to fight Wes, they fight him, too! The Dyad backs off, and Bate tells Wes that as he said on Sunday, that was all business. He still has Wes’s back, if he’ll have him. Wes says he appreciates that. They fist bump, but will Rip Fowler & Jagger Reed still try to send that “message” from The Schism?
Tony D’Angelo gets his mug shot.
He isn’t happy about it, either. But what will happen should The Don have to go to court?
Gallus talks backstage.
They’re of course happy to be NXT Tag Team Champions, but Wolfgang admits, The Creed Brothers are tough. But no one can stop Gallus! They never stop. The Creeds are done, so who steps up to their kingdom next? Well, Tony D and Stacks had next, but uh, Tony can’t do too much with his hands cuffed. “It wasn’t me, officer! I swear! I’m a nice guy!” Fogedaboutit! But Stacks storms in! He knew it was them! They ratted on Tony! Don’t get the wrong idea, Stacks, it wasn’t them. But what is he gonna do without his daddy? Better question: Ever heard that snitches get stitches?
Stacks fires off on Gallus, but he gets mugged 3v1! The refs rush in, but Gallus still throws Stacks into shelfs! The refs tell Gallus they are EJECTED from the building! Gallus is fine with that, they did the damage. But who is going to be next if The Family is busy with their own problems?
Carmelo Hayes is here!
Fans cheer as Trick Melo Gang heads to the ring, because the NXT Champion is still HIM! Trick gets the mic to get to business. They went to Melo’s hometown, Melo went to Battleground, and he left still champion. Fans cheer that, and Melo says he did that. Now listen, Battleground was exactly that: a battle. So he will paint a picture: Melochussetts was going crazy! Bron VS THOUSANDS! Big Spear, Melo still alive. Nothing But Net, #AndStill! And one thing everyone needs to realize, sometimes you gotta take shots to make shots. When it comes to this NXT Championship, Melo don’t ever miss!
Trick says Melo don’t lie, either! Battleground is another brick in the foundation of the HIM Dynasty. But wait, NOAM DAR is here? Dar and his squad walk out, and Dar tells Melo, “Well done! Congratulations! You managed to escape your hometown still champion. And Melo, you weren’t the only one to retain their championship.” Fans boo as Dar says HE defended HIS NXT Heritage Cup, “the most coveted prize in NXT.” But Melo only just managed to beat Bron. Dar beat Dragon Lee not once, but twice. Thank you.
Trick tells “Mr. Supernova” that we don’t have time to talk about how it took four of them to cheat Dragon Lee. Fans cheer that! But there is time to talk about Dar coming out to interrupt Trick Melo Gang. Interrupting Trick Melo Gang is a super no-no. Melo says he saw that match, Dar really is like that. But there’s levels to this. That trophy puts Dar on a high level, but this NXT Championship puts Melo on the HIGHEST level. Dar may’ve “beat” Dragon twice, but Melo bets he couldn’t even beat Melo once. And that’s all it is, and that’s all it- NO NO NO NONONO! SHH! The adults are talking, Trick.
Fans boo as Dar tells Melo that that almost sounded like a challenge. Is Melo challenging Dar, even though that’d be the biggest mistake of his life? If Melo is building a dynasty, then step up! Put the NXT Championship on the line TONIGHT! Trick says whoa, whoa, wait a minute. Dar is trying to take advantage of Melo while he’s tired. DUH! Well done, Captain Obvious. But hey, straight up, what does Melo say? Oh, wait, Lash was right! Melo is just counting the minutes, making it easy, because he doesn’t have what it takes to compete at the highest level night in and night out, like Dar.
But actually, it must be hard to miss when he has… What’s Lash calling it? Low management! No, no, if Dar wants it, then he’s got it! TONIGHT! Fans fire up, but did the Supernova Squad just get the better of HIM?
Cora Jade talks with the other women in the locker room.
They all saw her match with Lyra in the tournament, right? Lyra headbutted her right in the eye! Cora was basically blind half the match! And if she could’ve seen, SHE would have gone to Battleground, and SHE would be NXT Women’s Champion. Literally everyone else goes, “Um…” Cora says fine, but the only one to be celebrated is HER! Her accomplishments, her star power. But nooo~, we all let Cora get screwed over. She deserves to be champion! But in walks Ivy Nile. We’ve all had it with the whining. Injuries are part of the game, so suck it up and get over it. Everyone would’ve loved to have been in that tournament, too.
Cora tells Ivy not to give her attitude just cuz her guys couldn’t get the job done and Ava whipped her ass. Ivy says at least they were all in that fight. Where was Cora on Sunday? Just sitting here bitching about it. Cora says she’s not scared of Ivy, but does anyone believe that?
Axiom watches footage on his phone.
Reggie walks over and says, “What’s up, Ax? Tell me you’re watching Battleground.” Axiom says yes, but then sees who he’s talking to. Axiom stands right up but Reggie tells him to chill, he means you no harm. Then what does he want? See, “Reggie!” Everyone always calls him that, and that is his given name, but growing up, a lot of people called him “Scrypts.” Who? His family? And why “Scrypts?” Definitely not his family. And he won’t get into it right now, that’s a story for another day. Then what does Scrypts want? He appreciates what Axiom did for him. Wait, what? When he took the mask off! It opened Scrypts’ eyes!
It was like Scrypts was living in a cave, watching shadows on the wall. But now, he is living in the sunlight, seeing what is meant to be seen. And Dabba-Kato trying to take Axiom out after their match last week, Scrypts couldn’t stand by. He jumped into action to help Axiom since Axiom helped him. And Scrypts just wants to thank him. Scrypts/Reggie leaves, and Axiom says, “Any time.” Is Scrypts going to go from a would-be archenemy to a new ally?
Wes Lee & Tyler Bate VS The Dyad w/ Ava Raine!
The Cardiac Kid & Big Strong Boi are standing together again against Rip Fowler & Jagger Reed. The Schism isn’t done with Wes, but will their tree get chopped down?
NXT returns as Bate makes his entrance, followed by Wes. The teams sort out and Reed starts with Bate. They circle, tie up, and Reed wrenches an arm to a wristlock. Bate rolls, rolls back, then uses a leg to get free and knuckle lock. Bate whips and WRINGS Reed out, then wrenches the arm again. Reed pulls hair to put Bate in the corner and Rip tags in to ROCK Bate! Rip ROCKS Bate again, puts him in a corner, but Bate boots then KNEES back! Bate goes up to FLYING UPPERCUT! Fans fire up and Bate wrenches Rip to tag in Wes. Wes slingshots to sunset flip! TWO! Rip gets Wes in the face with that kickout, then he ROCKS Wes!
Rip scoops, Wes slips off but Rip bucks the O’Conner. Things speed up, Wes slides and headscissors! Wes runs in, tilt-o-whirl CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Wes facelocks Rip, tags Bate, and Bate goes up to AX HANDLE the arm! Bate wrenches the arm, tags Wes back in, but Rip shoves Bate into Wes! Rip CLUBS Bate, tags Reed, and the Dyad brings Bate up to whip to the corner. Reed runs in but into a BOOT! Bate goes up and over Rip, under Reed, and baits them in for Wes’s FLYING ARM-DRAG HEADSCISSOR COMBO! Fans fire up as Wes & Bate DOUBLE DROPKICK The Dyad out!
Fans fire up as The Dyad get back in and the four stare down. But then Wes & Bate see MUSTAFA ALI in the perch!? The Beacon is here, but why!? Ali heads down to ringside while NXT goes to break.
NXT returns as Jagger grinds Bate down with a chinlock. Fans rally up, Bate fights up, and we see Ali is on commentary now. Bate powers the hold open but Reed KNEES him in the back and tags Rip. They double suplex and hold Bate up but Bate throws knees! Bate knees and knees and DOUBLE KNEES, to then get free! Bate DOUBLE RANAS The Dyad! Fans fire up, Bate dodges Reed but Rip ROCKS him! The Dyad set Bate up but Bate BOOTS Reed away! He ends up in the corner with Rip, Wes tags in to rally on The Dyad! SUPERKICK for Reed, ELBOW for Rip, BOOT for Reed, and a flurry of fists for Rip!
Wes snapmares and DROPKICKS Rip and fans fire up! Reed storms up but Wes elbows him away. Victory roll and jump, DDT for Rip! Reed runs in but Wes ducks the enziguri to wrench and fire off fast strikes! DOUBLE STOMP on Reed’s back! Rip runs in but is sent into the corner! ENZIGURI, then snapmare! Wes flips but Rip dodges! THROAT CHOP! Fans boo but Ava cheers, and Reed tags in. Reed and Rip aim, but Bate gets up, Rip DECKS Bate, but Wes fires off haymakers and CHOPS on The Dyad. The Dyad kicks back, double whips, but Wes ducks ‘n handsprings to DOUBLE PELE!! Tag to Bate!
Bate and Wes each have a corner, they each aim at a Dyad, for DOUBLE TORNILLO!! Wes then FLIES to take out Rip! Bate gets Reed for the TYLER DRIVER 97!! Cover, Bate & Wes win!
Winners: Wes Lee & Tyler Bate, by pinfall
That was definitely a big strong victory, and then Ivy gets at Ava!! The Creed Brothers rush out, but The Dyad goes after them! It is a chaotic brawl, more refs rush out to stop this, but fans want to “Let Them Fight!” And then Gacy gets in to CLOBBER Wes and Bate! Gacy stomps away on Wes, but Ali jumps in! Ali DECKS Gacy! Fans fire up as Ali DECKS Gacy again! Ali TOSSES Gacy out hard, and he throws off his jacket! The Beacon stands with Bate and Wes, will they join forces to chop down The Schism’s tree?
Drew Gulak & Charlie Dempsey lead another Chase U class.
The Philly Stretcher says, “The name of the game is leverage.” Collar ‘n’ elbow, let’s go. Then you get the headlock. Thea Hail watches closely but Duke Hudson tells her that while he’s all for pushing yourself, but Gulak was the one who made her cry. She doesn’t have to take this class, he can give her a pass. No, she has to do this for herself. She never wants to feel that way again! They think she’s weak, but she’s not! She wants to prove it! She wants to get in there! Let her go! LET HER GO!! Thea, let HIM go! Yeesh. But okay, give ’em hell. Okay okay okay! She jumps in, Gulak tells the one guy, “Submission wrestling is the backbone of success. Good job.”
Dempsey taps Gulak’s shoulder and says, “Speaking of success. Look who decided to join.” Well, so nice of Thea to join in. But no crying this time or running away, okay? Loud and clear, sir. She can do this. Alright. Everyone done. She circles with Dempsey, what will her grade be in this test?
Tiffany Stratton heads to the ring.
The Center of the Universe is the NEW NXT Women’s Champion, and given all the pictures of herself in the ring, this “Tiffybration” is only about herself. Tiffany gets the mic to say, “Raise your hands if you’re not surprised that Tiffany Stratton is the NEW NXT Women’s Champion~!” She knows she isn’t. This Sunday, she claimed her rightful spot at the “Tiffy top” of NXT. Fans do cheer, and Tiffany says this title has been held by future hall of famers: Charlotte Flair, Asuka, Bayley, Rhea Ripley, the list goes on and on. And tonight, she shows everyone what it means to be a true champion.
Fans cheer that, and Tiffany says “Honestly, when I think of what a champion is, it is me! Nobody in that locker room can do what I can do. And when I look in the mirror, I think to myself, I am the epitome of what a true WWE Superstar is! So to continue on in my Tiffybration, I would like to invite up the entire NXT Women’s locker room so they can all recognize me as their Women’s Champion. Ladies?” No one comes out. Fine, no one wants to know who her first opponent is gonna be. Do the fans do? “YES!” “Aww, you guys actually think I care what you think.” Tiffany asks the locker room to come out, and finally they all walk out.
Tiffany says she knows they’re all starstruck, and that they all have the same question: “What is next for Tiffany Stratton? Who will I give my first title defense to? And to be honest, as everyone is out here, I can’t help but think to myself that I’m gonna be champion for a long, long time. I mean, I might as well retire as champion. Nobody can sit with me. Not you, not you, and I don’t even know why you’re out here,” Thea. Oh, and it is DEFINITELY not Lyra. Sorry not sorry. This is getting so awkward, she invited them all out here. Hah, JK! Luckily for them, on her way home, she had a Tiffany Epiphany!
She thought to herself, she should give them all an opportunity at the #TiffyTitle! So next week, there will be a #1 Contender’s Battle Royal to determine her challenger. Good for you all. “But TBH, it doesn’t matter who’s gonna win, because I’m gonna beat all of you to it. I am gonna beat all of you to it, because as far as I know, and for as long as I want, it is Tiffy Time.” Tiffany raises the belt, and confetti and balloons fall. But then Thea gets in to SLAP Tiffany! Fans fire up, and then both Roxie and Fallon get in! They pinball Tiffany with forearm shots! And SOBATS! Lyra gets in, too, but Tiffany scurries away!
But Lyra WRECKS her with a dropkick! Tiffany is furious but she’s the one who just turned the entire roster against her. Who will have their moment and get their shot at the Center of the Universe?
Trick Williams is on the phone backstage.
He says it is going down, but Melo will be alright. They’ll pull up afterward. Just keep the bottles on ice and the jacuzzi hot. Lash, Jakara & Oro walk over. Lash says they call him Trick Willy. Well, you heard that right. Then your boy is about to get whooped by Dar. A shame, though, cuz they kinda cute. Kinda? Hey, now! They may disagree on the match, but in the looks department, Trick Melo don’t miss. And y’all can leave, button your lips, move your hips, he’ll holler. Oro wants Trick to understand what the ladies are saying: Melo should’ve taken the night off.
Trick recognizes Oro. He saw that match, Oro was in Dar’s corner, this must’ve all be his plan. Oro’s a real shyster, y’know that? And Miss Jackson the Distraction, and Lash is a distraction herself. Bet they’d like to hit Trick with a bucket. Trick would like that, huh? Trick says he’s watching all y’all! Don’t try him! Will Trick Melo Gang be ready for everything the Supernova Squad is bringing?
Dani Palmer is in the ring.
“I cannot leave, I cannot leave this ring, until I find out who this attacker is! Whoever’s been wreaking havoc in this division said that they’d reveal themselves TONIGHT! You attacked me, and you attacked my best friend, Sol, and now she’s out for a year! I’m done waiting. I’m not going anywhere until you show your face!!” The attacker is on the tron, watching the footage of her handiwork. Nikkita Lyons, Wendy Choo, Sol Ruca, Dani Palmer, Roxanne Perez. Dani gets anxious, but the person is RIGHT BEHIND HER!! She attacks Danni, drags her up, and suplexes for a FALCON ARROW!!
IT’S BLAIR DAVENPORT! The Top Gaijin is back, and she gives Dani a KAMI-GOYE!! Targets of the Heir, beware! Who will be next on the list for Blair?
NXT shares footage from after the show last week.
Eddy Thorpe returned backstage and encountered Malik Blade & Edris Enofe. They congratulated him on the great effort against Tyler Bate. It’s tough, but so are you. And if Bate were to win the title, he could be looking at Eddy as next. Eddy says that’s nice of them to say, but he wishes he had that one back. Nah, they all feel down after a loss. You learn more after a loss than you do a win. But Damon Kemp gives a sarcastic clap. Kemp was watching, and he has to admit, he was impressed. But Eddy can’t win without cheating, huh? Eddy rushes Kemp but Kemp gets away, will the Alpha Wolf get back at the Golden Gopher in their rematch?
Joe Coffey VS “Stacks” Channing Lorenzo!
Gallus was poking fun at The Don, and the Underboss wasn’t going to stand for it! Mark Coffey & Wolfgang were sent home, but will the Iron King still be on top? Or will Stacks make Joe fogedaboutit?
The bell rings and Stacks SHOTGUNS Joe! Stacks stomps Joe in the corner, the ref counts and Stacks lets off. Joe gets up to CLUB Stacks in the back, and throw body shot after body shot! Stacks still tackles Joe and rains down forearms! Stacks headlocks, but Joe fights up, only for Stacks to KNEE Joe again, and again, and again! FIST DROP! Cover, TWO! Stacks clamps on a chinlock and he grinds Joe, but Joe fights up. Stacks hits a headlock takeover, Joe keeps his shoulder up but Stacks pushes the arm down, TWO! Stacks throws hands, Joe is down again, TWO! Joe rolls Stacks to a cover, TWO!
Stacks still has the headlock, but Joe fights up. Joe powers out and hip tosses Stacks hard! Stacks staggers up to ropes, but Joe runs in to fire haymakers. Fans rally and Joe whips Stacks corner to corner hard! Stacks bounces off buckles, Joe drops knees on his back! And then an elbow on the ribs! Cover, TWO! Stacks is hanging tough but Joe drags him up. Stacks throws body shots but Joe knees low. Joe ROCKS Stacks, RAMS him, then HIP TOSSES! Stacks flounders to ropes but Joe digs his laces into Stacks’ face. Stacks throws body shots, ROCKS him, and wrenches an arm to HIP DROP it! Cover, TWO!
Stacks keeps cool, he brings Joe up but Joe scoops to SLAM! Stacks writhes, Joe shakes out the arms and checks his ears. Joe runs in but Stacks put shim on the apron! Stacks DROPKICKS Joe off the apron! Fans fire up and Stacks eggs Joe on. Joe tells Stacks that HE’s the rat, but Stacks goes out to ROCK him! Stacks has Joe on the defense as NXT goes to break.
NXT returns and Joe has Stacks in body scissors. Stacks powers back to a cover, TWO and Joe keeps on the squeeze. Fans rally as Stacks endures, and Stacks pries at the hold. Stacks pushes back again, ONE, and now Stacks is free! Stacks gets the legs but Joe kicks him away! Joe and Stacks stagger up, Stacks rushes in but into a FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Joe drags Stacks up to hit a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Joe drags Stacks up but Stacks throws hands! Stacks ROCKS Joe, brings him in, DDT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Stacks rises, Joe crawls, and Stacks runs in to rally with haymakers!
Fans fire up as Stacks dodges Joe to UPPERCUT him down! Joe staggers around, Stacks runs in at the corner to UPPERCUT again! Joe staggers out of the corner, Stacks gets him for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! The Iron King is hanging tough but Stacks tells him vaffanapoli! Stacks goes up the corner, but Joe UPPERCUTS him first! Joe climbs up, clinches, SUPER OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY!! Cover, TWO!?! Stacks survives and fans fire up! Joe is furious and he drags Stacks up. Joe whips, Stacks reverses, but Joe goes up and around, but into a back drop! Fans fire up, Stacks runs in and clotheslines Joe and himself out of the ring!
Fans fire up while both men are down on the outside. A ring count starts, both men stand at 3 of 10. Stacks runs in to UPPERCUT Joe against the apron! We’re at 7, Stacks runs in, but is sent into the steps!! Joe drags Stacks up and in, aims from the corner, GLASGOW SENDOFF!! Joe keeps moving, ALL THE BEST FOR THE BELLS!! Cover, Joe wins!
Winner: Joe Coffey, by pinfall
Stacks fought hard to protect Tony D’s honor, but The Iron King still crushes him. Will NXT still be Gallus’ kingdom?
NXT shares more footage from after last week’s show.
Robert Stone asked Von Wagner, “What the hell was that, man?!” What the hell was what? Luca deserved everything he got out there! That’s not what Stone meant. Von got disqualified! He wants to get suspended? Fined? Have his free agency status revoked? That could happen if you keep acting like this! Von says Luca was running his mouth the last two weeks, on Von and on Stone. Von finally just shut it! Then don’t take what Stone’s about to say the wrong way. But whatever went on in Von’s past, he has anger issues. If Von isn’t gonna listen to Stone, then it is time to talk to a therapist.
A therapist? What the hell is that gonna do? So that they can take Von’s hard earned money? No, look, Stone can pay for it. He’s just asking Von do this for him. Von thinks about it, pats Stone on the shoulder, and says he’ll still think about it. Is Vicious Von going to finally get past his past?
NXT shares footage of Ilja Dragunov.
It was before Battleground on Sunday that he called home and assured his son, Constantine, that he’ll make it home in one piece. He made sure Constantine know he loves him. “Is it the pain that keeps searching for me? Or am I the one who searches for pain? Or maybe, I am the pain. In the end, it doesn’t matter. Because tonight, the world shall know pain.” Dragunov put on his gear, brought back the red contact lenses, and prepared for the war that was ahead of him. Last Man Standing with Dijak was truly the definition of pain. And in the end, Dragunov stood tall. The Czar will return next week, what will he be searching for when he does?
Cora Jade VS Ivy Nile!
Selfish, arrogant, entitled. Sound familiar? The Generation of Jade may have a black eye, but as she sees it, she’s still the most important part of NXT. Will she prove herself right? Or will the Diamond Pitbull make her see she’s just a punk?
NXT returns as Ivy makes her entrance. She already got into a scrap with Ava Raine, maybe that was just a good warmup. The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, and Cora claims Ivy touched her bad eye! But then she ELBOWS Ivy! Cora laughs at Ivy but Ivy grabs that finger! Cora kicks low, headlocks, but Ivy powers out. Things speed up and Ivy goes to hip toss but Cora turns it around. Ivy blocks that to CLOBBER Cora! Ivy grabs an arm, steps through, drags Cora down, cover, ONE! Ivy wrenches Cora to an ELBOW BREAKER, and then she YANKS the arm. And YANKS it again!
Ivy WRINGS Cora out again, then brings her up to a fireman’s carry. Cora fights free with elbows and throws Ivy down by her hair! The ref reprimands, Cora laughs at Ivy, then runs to ELBOW her against ropes! Cover, TWO! Cora kicks Ivy around, taunts her, then throws her down by her hair again. Cora gives more toying kicks, CLUBS Ivy, then brings her around to TOSS her out to the apron. Fans duel as Cora brings Ivy in to CLUB her! Ivy is in the ropes, Cora puts some stank on the CHOP! It gets Ivy in the face!! Cora runs to SHOTGUN Ivy down! Ivy flops down, Cora covers, they’re in the ropes so Cora has to pull Ivy away. Cover again, TWO!
Cora is upset but she throws Ivy down by her hair again. Cora clamps on a chinlock and she squeezes tight. Ivy endures, fans rally up, and Ivy arm-drags free! Cora comes back but into a roll-up, TWO! Cora swings, Ivy blocks to KICK! KICK! And ROUNDHOUSE! Cora staggers, Ivy whips her to a corner. Ivy runs in around the way, CALF KICK! Snapmare and cover, TWO! Ivy drags Cora back up to fisherman, but Cora cradle counters! TWO!! Ivy escapes but Cora kicks low. Cora wrenches the hair to throw Ivy back down! Fans rally, Cora runs, IMPLODER- NO, Ivy dodges the stomps and Cora jams a knee!
Ivy gut wrench SLAMS Cora! But here comes AVA! Ava grabs Ivy while the ref checks Cora! But Ivy gets the DIAMOND DRAGON on her! But Cora SHINING WIZARDS from behind! Cora gets Ivy up, FUTURE SHOCK!! Cover, Cora wins!
Winner: Cora Jade, by pinfall
Ivy is feeling rather #Jaded after that, but that’s more because Ava came back for more. Will the Generation of Jade look to go after the gold during #TiffyTime?
Hank ‘n’ Tank talk backstage.
Hank is sorry but how is the shoulder? Better every day. How’s Hank’s wrist? Better every day. But in all seriousness, they crushed it. Tank says Hank deserved that win, though. And at the end of the day, it worked! They’re tighter than ever! There’s this energy going back and forth! That connection! That’s what Hank was gonna say. Whoa, there’s the connection! Okay, let’s test it. First word that comes to mind, no thinking. Favorite food? On three- Wait, wait, “One two, go,” or “one two three, then go?” After three. Okay, okay. Favorite food. One, two, three, CHICKEN PARM! GASP!
Favorite animal? One, two, three, HONEY BADGER! Whoa… Favorite sauce on your wings. One, two, three, BUFFALO!! YES!! Edris & Malik walk over and say if they’re talking sauces, ya boi could eat. Bro, they just did eat! All they’re talking about is, ever since Tank ‘n’ Hank beat the tar outta each other, they’re like this! Fingers crossed. Tight. Oh, okay, after one match. It takes a bit longer than that, y’know that right? Oh, really? Watch this. Best movie of all time. One, two, three, JAWS! Okay, okay, they can do that. Edris & Malik go with “favorite day to work out.” One, two, three, MONURDAY. Monday VS Saturday.
No, try this. Pizza topping. One, two, three, PINEAMI! WHAT? Pepperoni VS Pineapple! Hank ‘n’ Tank let them argue this out, but Edris says they’re not gonna fight. But Malik says that could help them! Will each of these tag teams figure out their synchronicity over the Summer?
Backstage interview with Diamond Mine.
McKenzie finds Ivy & The Creeds, and she says there was just another altercation between Ivy and Ava. Ivy says yeah, and she’s sick of this crap! Ava, if you wanna be part of the game, step up! And for that matter, the Creeds tell The Dyad they can get it, too! Four roots, one stupid tree! But speaking of, Ava & The Dyad storm over! Refs rush in already as everyone is shouting, will the Diamond Mine look to crush The Schism once and for all?
NXT Championship: Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Noam Dar w/ Oro Mensah, Lash Legend & Jakara Jackson!
Two champions triumphant at Battleground now collide to see who is truly at the very top. Will the Melobration continue into the Summer? Or will Supernova 11 have double swagger when he has double the championships?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Dar can beat HIM!
The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Dar wrenches and wristlocks but Melo rolls, wrenches and wrangles Dar down. Fans rally, Dar rolls and stands to clinch and put Melo on the ropes. The ref counts, Dar swings but Melo dodges to CHOP! Melo headlocks, he grinds Dar down, but Dar fights up. Dar brings Melo down to a knee, pops out the back, and he wrenches to a wristlock. Dar shouts he’s the champ, then SLAPS the hand! Melo kips up, wrenches back, and arm-drags to an armlock! Fans chant “LOCK IT IN~!” as Trick makes the motion. Dar powers up and out to headlock, but Melo powers out of that.
The two RAM shoulders, neither falls, so Dar kicks a leg then KICKS Melo down! Dar talks more trash but fans boo. Melo swings, Dar gets around but Melo ELBOWS him away! Melo runs and springboards, FLYING LARIAT! Fans fire up but Dar bails out to regroup with his group and NXT goes picture in picture.
Melo dares Dar to get back in but Oro, Lash & Jakara all coach Dar. Dar gets up, catches his breath, tells Melo to be patient, and takes his time returning. Dar slithers in, circles with Melo again and they tie up. Melo arm-drags Dar to a corner and then storms up. Melo CHOPS Dar, Dar staggers but Melo bumps him off buckles. Melo follows Dar to another corner, and CHOPS him down! Dar goes to the apron, Melo drags him up and SLINGSHOT SUPLEXES Dar in! Melo does crunches in the ropes while Dar writhes. Melo then goes to Dar to snap suplex low and hard! Cover, TWO! Dar’s team cheers him but Melo drags him up.
Dar wrenches to sweep the leg! Melo clutches a knee and Dar rains down fists! Dar grabs the arm to stomp it! Dar taunts Trick, follows Melo to a corner and fires off hands. Dar RAMS into Melo, the ref counts, and Dar wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER! Dar snapmares Melo, gets the legs and ties them up, but Melo boots him away! Melo arm-drags to another armlock. Melo digs his knee into Dar’s face and Dar endures. NXT returns to single picture as fans chant “LOCK IT IN~!” Dar fights up, tries to arm-drag but Melo smothers it. Dar ROCKS Melo, whips him, but Melo reverses. Melo runs in to ROCK Dar!
Melo whips corner to corner, runs in, blocks boots and puts Dar in the ropes to ENZIGURI! FADE AWAY! Cover, TWO! Dar is still in this but Melo brings him up. The corner teams argue, Dar elbows Melo! Melo whips, Dar reverses, they dosido and Melo goes out to the apron. Dar swings but Melo blocks. Dar ducks to sweep the legs again! Dar runs to SHOTGUN Melo off the apron! Fans fire up, Dar goes out and taunts Trick while he puts Melo in. Cover, TWO! Dar aims from a corner, Melo sits up, SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Melo is still in this but Dar’s team coaches him again.
Dar drags Melo up, BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Dar grows frustrated but he drags Melo back up. Melo throws body shots, ROCKS him, ROCKS him again, but Dar ducks to step and SUPER FOREARM! Cover, TWO! Melo survives but Dar argues with Trick. Dar brings Melo up, throws knees, but Melo rolls Dar up! TWO, and Dar UPPERCUTS! Melo rebounds to tilt-o-whirl, FACEBUSTER! Both men are down and fans fire up again. Dar and Melo slowly rise, and Dar swings. Melo counter punches! Dar KICKS a leg, Melo CHOPS! Melo CLOBBERS Dar, and CLOBBERS him again!
Melo spins Dar, KNEE SMASH and a LARIAT! And a SUPERKICK! Dar staggers around, Melo runs to BOOT him down! Melo brings Dar up, whips, but Dar reverses to wrench. Melo ducks the kick, pump handle and SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Dar survives but Melo fires up. But Lash AND Jakara bark at him in the corner! Trick tells the ladies to stop that, but they get in Trick’s face now. But then Oro runs up, so Trick DECKS him!! Fans fire up but the ref tells Trick he’s EJECTED! Fans boo, he didn’t even start nothing! Trick still accepts the decision, though Team Dar rubs it in his face.
Dar sneaks up but Melo rolls Dar up! TWO, and Dar boot fents to BACK ELBOW! Cover, TWO!! Into CHAMPAGNE SUPER KNEEBAR!! Melo powers up to stand and he rains down fists! Melo is free, and he grabs the arm! CROSSFACE!! Dar crawls, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Melo lets off fast to drag Dar back. Dar kicks the leg out, then stands. Melo ROCKS Dar, but Dar ROCKS Melo! Melo ROCKS Dar again, Dar ROCKS Melo again! Melo gets the edge but Dar kicks the leg! Melo blocks a kick but Dar ELBOW JABS! Dar spins, Melo ducks the heel kick but the BACKHAND connects!
Dar reels Melo into the facelock, but Melo SUPLEX CUTTERS! Dar flops over, Melo goes to the corner! Fans fire up as Melo climbs, but Lash distracts! Oro trips Melo! Fans boo as Team Dar keeps at it, but here come NATHAN FRAZER & DRAGON LEE! They got screwed by Team Dar so they go after Oro! Fans fire up but Dar tells them to back off! But Melo goes up, SUPER CROSSBODY on Dar and Oro! Fans are thunderous as Melo puts Dar in! Melo goes up, aims, NOTHING BUT NET!!! Cover, Melo wins!
Winner: Carmelo Hayes, by pinfall (still NXT Champion)
An assist off the bench from Frazer & Dragon, Melo dunks on Dar! Put that on a poster, but who will- WAIT! BARON CORBIN?!? Corbin is back in NXT and he CLOBBERS Melo on the ramp! Corbin puts Melo in the ring, rains down fists, and fans boo as hard as they’ve ever booed before! But Corbin hits Melo with END OF DAYS!! Will the Lone Wolf look to bring an end to the HIM Dynasty?
A great episode of NXT, especially for an aftermath episode. They didn’t have quite the “Aftermath Syndrome” Raw was falling into, they were able to take things from Battleground and build upon them, not just recap them. I really liked that Dragunov vignette for the Last Man Standing match, and I look forward to what he’ll have to say next week. And while I was wondering what was next for everyone else, we got that for pretty much all the titles.
Wes Lee & Tyler Bate have a very good match with The Dyad, and of course there’s story overlapping with Schism and Diamond Mine, but I love that Mustafa Ali is part of the next “callback” (a main roster star coming back to NXT for a minute). Wes VS Ali would be amazing, but feels like something they’re gonna put on free TV. And Gacy clearly wants another shot, maybe he and Wes have a 1v1 feud going towards Great American Bash in late July. Wes has hit the record for defenses and apparently days as champion, so maybe he’s soon to drop the title so he can eventually move up. And I would hope we’re getting another Mixed Tag blowoff involving Dyad & Ava, but this time against Diamond Mine.
Also in connection to the Diamond Mine story, Ava attacking Ivy gives Cora a good rebound win after losing in the tournament. Cora is definitely nailing her Heel persona, but she’s gonna have to wait until a Face is champion again. Tiffany’s celebration being ruined was of course going to happen, and the contender battle royal will be really good. But after Gigi won that awesome cage match, I’m thinking she’s a frontrunner for challenging Tiffany. And while Dani Palmer called out the attacker and then got attacked, I feel like it should be Roxanne Perez or maybe a returning Nikkita Lyons should have the real feud with Blair Davenport. Nikkita would count as Blair’s first victim, it’d make make the most sense for her to want revenge.
Good promo from Gallus, Mark Coffey does an excellent Italian American/New Yorker impersonation. Stacks of course points the finger at Gallus, it’s kinda who I thought it was. But that would be too easy, so it’s not them. Stacks VS Joe Coffey was great stuff, Stacks is really coming into his own, but I figured Joe was winning that. Joe Coffey himself should really get in on like the North American Championship story, he hasn’t held anything in his WWE career, so he’s gotta get something. And since he has Gallus, Wes’s loss could be protected cuz Gallus helps Joe cheat and win the belt. Though that feels like how they might play Gacy getting the belt, if he gets the belt.
Good promo from Axiom and Reggie/Scrypts, and obviously last week established Reggie wants to be Axiom’s friend now. Him insisting he’s still Scrypts is an interesting choice, though. Good backstage promos that were “last week.” We’re of course getting Eddy VS Kemp round 2, and I liked Hank ‘n’ Tank having mind sync. Good stuff from Von and Stone, and I do like that Von’s story is starting to turn into a sort of PSA for normalizing therapy and taking care of mental health and emotional stability. But as I see it, either the therapy has no effect and Von stays a rage monster, or therapy makes Von too much of a pacifist and Stone tells him to unleash the righteous fury so he can win against bullies.
Great combining of stories with Dar stepping up to Melo here tonight. Great match, but I figured Melo was going to retain the title. I also figured Dar’s new little group was going to do everything they could to help him, and in turn we would see Dragon and Frazer turn things around on them. I would think Frazer gets next on Dar with Dragon as the cornerman now. And after Ali already made a splash, I did NOT think we were getting a second callback in the form of Corbin. Corbin and Ali do have a thing in common that they never held titles while in NXT, so maybe Corbin thinks he can tear down Melo to finally have the NXT Championship. But it’s not happening, Melo is definitely beating Bum Ass Corbin to make it through to Great American Bash.
My Score: 8.6/10
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